Lakers Vs. Celtics: Ray Allen Closing In On NBA Three-Point Record

Tonight's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston figures to feature NBA history. It is fitting that tonight's game is televised on TNT, as now broadcaster Reggie Miller will likely see his own record being broken from the sideline. Entering tonight's contest, Ray Allen of the Celtics is one three-pointer behind Miller for the all-time NBA record for most shots made from distance:

NBA All-Time Three-Point Kings
Player Games 3pt Made 3pt Att 3pt %
Reggie Miller      1389 2560 6486 39.5%
Ray Allen 1073 2559 6425 39.8%

Allen and Miller have had remarkably similar careers. In addition to their similar three-point shooting percentages, they are also both in the top 10 in NBA history in free throw percentage (Allen is sixth at 89.3%, Miller ninth at 88.8%). Allen has the higher scoring average (20.4 to 18.2), and has been to more All-Star Games (10 to five), while Miller was named third team all-NBA three times, compared to two all-NBA selections for Allen (one second team, one third team).

Both Allen and Miller are miles ahead of the competition; Jason Kidd is third in NBA history with 1,752 made, over 800 shots behind the top two. Not surprisingly, both Miller and Allen are also one-two in three-point attempts in NBA history as well. Then again, Allen hitting two three-pointers tonight isn't a given; After torching the Lakers for eight threes in Game 2 of last year's NBA Finals, Allen proceeded to miss all 16 three-point attempts in the three Finals games in Boston. Maybe Allen will be similarly cold tonight, but don't bet on it.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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