The new NBA record: 2,562 times 3 for Ray Allen

Allen said beforehand he had unexpected trouble sleeping on Wednesday night, with the combined anticipation of an NBA finals rematch against the archrival Lakers and the chance to break the record.

“For the fans, I’m sure it’s sweet. But for me, I’m truly happy for Ray,” Bryant said. “That’s just unbelievable.”

Allen entered the season needing 117 to pass Miller, and he entered the night needing one to tie and two for the record. With the crowd cheering in anticipation every time he got the ball beyond the arc, he missed his first attempt and then made his second, from the top of the key.

Allen gave a fist pump while teammate Nate Robinson raised one finger in the air. The next time down, Paul Pierce passed Allen the ball on the left side and he fired up another shot that, to the crowd’s dismay, went off the rim. He missed the next try, too, but then got the record on his fifth 3-point attempt of the game.

“It’s some, more history, the Lakers and Celtics,” Los Angeles forward Ron Artest said with a smile. “He chose to wait and do it against us. He did it on purpose. He waited and waited ‘til he played against the Lakers. He’s smart. Good marketing plan.”

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