Biggest shot of Allen’s career in Game 6?
by Alex Kennedy, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI — Ray Allen has hit more than 2,850 three-pointers, more than anyone in NBA history. But the biggest of his 17-year career may have come Tuesday night.
Allen hit the game-tying three with five seconds remaining in regulation in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Miami Heat went on to win 103-100, extending their and the NBA’s 2012-13 season.
“It’s going to be a shot that I’m going to remember for a long time,” Allen said. “There’s a lot of shots that I’ve made in my career, but this will go high up in the ranks because of the situation.
“Just being able to be in that situation where the ball bounced in our direction. We’ve been a part of many plays where the ball has a funky bounce to it. And I’ve known my whole career sometimes you just get lucky. When you win championships, it involves a little luck. That right there was luck shining on our side.”
Outside of his clutch three, Allen had a mediocre outing. He finished Game 6 with nine points on 3-for-8 shooting, and that three was the only one he made all evening. He also picked up five fouls and two turnovers in 40 minutes.
Yet none of his teammates doubted him.
“Ray can be 0-#for-#99 in a game, and if he gets an open look late in the game, it’s going down,” Heat forward LeBron James said. “That’s just the confidence he has in himself. It’s the preparation that he prepares for every game. It’s the confidence that we have in him. We’ve seen it before. We’re happy to have him on our side. This is the reason why we wanted him, games like this.”
Allen joined the Heat this offseason after five seasons with their chief rivals, the Boston Celtics. He instantly fit in, even as he came off the bench for the first time in his career.
James, who had missed a three-point attempt right before Allen’s three, was screaming for the ball at the top of the key. When asked if he considered passing to James, Allen shook his head and smiled. He prepares … [For more on Ray Allen hits one of biggest shots of career for Heat, click here.]