Ray Allen knocked down his first three-point shot just minutes into his NBA debut. Since then he has amassed a total of 2,559 treys over his 15-year career.
On Thursday night, he has the opportunity to break Reggie Millers all-time 3-point field goal record (2,560) against the Los Angles Lakers at TD Garden. It will take one to tie, two to break, and with Allen shooting a career-best 46.2 percent from long-range, the mark is well within reach.
My perspective on basketball never changed. I still always felt like I had to figure out how to play the game, Allen told CSNNE.com. It's just something that happened because I've been healthy and playing on good teams and taking care of myself.
Here are five things to know about Allens journey toward the record:
How It All Began
And it began quickly. Allen made his first NBA 3-point field goal three minutes into his rookie debut on November 1, 1996. He shot 2-for-3 from long-range as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 111-103, on Opening Night. Allen, who was in the starting lineup with former Celtics Vin Baker and Sherman Douglas, finished with 13 points.
When Reggie Set the Record
A 22-year-old Allen was in his second year in the NBA, playing for the Bucks. He had made just 244 3-pointers when Miller set the current record on April 13, 1998. Allen, ironically, shot 0-for-6 from three-point range the following night. That season he ranked 9th overall in 3-pointers. Miller ranked second and Wesley Person led the league.
Welcome to Boston
Allen scored his first 3-pointer as a Celtic on Opening Night, November 2, 2007, at TD Garden against the Washington Wizards. He hit the shot with 56 seconds left in the first quarter. Credit the assist to . . . Brian Scalabrine. Allen has scored 639 treys since being traded to the Celtics. (He made 1,051 as a member of the Bucks and 869 with the Seattle SuperSonics.)
Give Him a Ten
Allen's regular season single-game high is 10 3-pointers, set on April 14, 2002 in a Bucks win over the Charlotte Hornets. Allen is one of six players to hit 10 treys in a game - Joe Dumars, George McCloud, Brian Shaw, J.R. Smith, and Peja Stojakovic have done it as well. Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall share the record with 12 3-point field goals in a single game.
Getting It Done in the Playoffs
Allen set an NBA Finals record last season with eight 3-pointers in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. He connected for seven treys against the Lakers in the 2008 Finals and previously shared that mark with Scottie Pippen and Kenny Smith. Allens career-high postseason total is 57 treys in the 2001 playoffs with the Bucks. Miller made a league-record 58 the previous postseason.
Allens quest toward the record will begin on Thursday night at 8pm EST in front of the Celtics home crowd.
"Definitely, this is the place to do it, the place to be, said Allen. It just seems right, being in this building."
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When the First Shot Fell
On Thursday night the Boston Celtics have the opportunity to experience NBA history if Ray Allen breaks the all-time 3-point record, currently held by Reggie Miller. See where the Celtics were when Allens prowess began on November 1, 1996:
Michael Jordan scored 30 points against the Celtics in a 107-98 Chicago Bulls win. Dana Barros led the C's with 24 points off the bench.
Shaquille O'Neal played his first game as a Los Angeles Laker, recording a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds, in a 96-82 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Kevin Garnett began his second NBA season with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the San Antonio Spurs, 82-78.
Paul Pierce was gearing up for his sophomore season at the University of Kansas.
Avery Bradley was three weeks shy of his 6th birthday.