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Kevin Pelton, SUPERSONICS.COM | April 20, 2006
For much of the last two weeks, Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen deferred most questions about the possibility of breaking Dennis Scott's NBA record for 3-pointers in a single season, and particularly dismissed the notion he'd go out of his way to get it.

Finally, after achieving the record during the second quarter of Wednesday's season-ending win over the Denver Nuggets, Allen was able to admit how much the record means to him.

"Iíve hit shots to win games but nothing really felt like this tonight," said Allen after the game, "because I felt like everybody in the building, my teammates, the Denver team, to everybody watching on TV, can say that they participated. When something happens like that itís not only for me, but for everybody. And to be able to share like that is wonderful."


"Iíve hit shots to win games but nothing really felt like this tonight."
Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images
After hitting 19 3-pointers in four games leading up to the season finale, Allen entered the game with 262 3-pointers for the season, five shy of Scott's record. Before many fans even reached their seats, Allen was halfway to making history. Whap! Whap! Whap! Allen hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions in the first two minutes to move within two of Scott.

"You could tell he was focused on coming out and, in the first quarter, hitting as many 3s as he did," said Rashard Lewis. "There's no way it was possible that he was not going to do it."

Allen's fourth 3-pointer came at the 6:11 mark of the first quarter, and he got his last of the opening period with 3:46 left, tying Scott. After resting the first three and a half minutes of the second quarter, Allen needed only two more minutes on the court to hit number 267. With 6:30 left in the quarter, Allen trailed Earl Watson on a fast break and set up for the spot-up 3 which was as pure as any of the ones that preceded it.

Allen responded by spinning, throwing both hands in the air and celebrating with teammates Johan Petro and Chris Wilcox before the game was stopped so Allen could leave with the game ball to a standing ovation from the KeyArena crowd.

"That's probably one of the more magical moments I've enjoyed in my life," said Allen.

"My coaches and teammates, they did everything, and I donít think they thought I would get it in the first half like that. They just kept it coming."

After Allen hit another 3-pointer during the third quarter, his 269th of the season, his night seemed to be over. The KeyArena crowd had other ideas, chanting, "We Want Ray! We Want Ray!" with just under five minutes left in the game.

"The fans brought that back a little bit and I wasnít going to argue with them at that point," said Sonics Coach Bob Hill, who motioned Allen back into the game.

"For the fans to chant to get me back on the floor, I think thatís the biggest compliment that any fan could ever pay to me," Allen said. "I wasnít going to just sit on the sideline and sit the season out, so I was like, 'Let me go back out there on the court one last time.' There was no feeling greater than that."

The rest of the Sonics were equally excited for Allen.

"Ray Allen is one of the best pure shooters in the NBA," said Wilcox. "For him to get that last night, it was a great success for him. I'm happy for him and hopefully he can beat that record next year."

"That was fun," added Nick Collison. "It was great for Ray and good for our team."

While it took Allen until the season's final game to beat Scott's record, he demolished the mark for most 3s in a season at the current distance of 23-9. During 1995-96, when Scott and George McCloud (257) recorded the previous top two seasons in terms of 3-pointers in NBA history, the line was moved in to 22 feet. Peja Stojakovic, then with Sacramento, hit 240 in 2003-04, the only other time a player has topped 230 3s in a season at the current distance. No other NBA player made 200 3s this season.

Setting the record capped a season full of milestones for Allen. Earlier this season, he passed the 15,000-point mark for his NBA career. He finished the season with an even 15,500 points, putting him 88th in NBA history. Also, Allen passed Dale Ellis on Apr. 7 to move into second place on the NBA's leaderboard for career 3-pointers. Allen finished the year with 1,755 - 805 back of all-time leader Reggie Miller. But Allen is ahead of Miller's pace; the retired Pacers legend had 1,432 3-pointers after 10 seasons and did not hit his 1,755th career 3 until 1999-00, his 13th NBA season.

Season-by-Season
Year
Allen
Miller
1
117
61
2
134
98
3
74
150
4
172
112
5
202
129
6
229
167
7
201
123
8
148
195
9
209
168
10
269
229
Cumulative
Year
Allen
Miller
1
117
61
2
251
159
3
325
309
4
497
421
5
699
550
6
928
717
7
1129
840
8
1277
1035
9
1486
1203
10
1655
1432