Ray Allen had a chance on Monday night to drain three 3-pointers against the Charlotte Bobcats, etching his name into the record books along with Reggie Miller as the most prolific long-range shooter in the history of the game.
But Allen drained just two trifectas in the Queen City, coming up short of the magic number 2,560.
So instead, he'll get his shot at home on Thursday night.
"Definitely, this is the place to do it," Allen said. "This is the place to be. I heard so many people the previous game say, 'Don't go down to Charlotte and break the record.' This just seems right, being in this building. There are so many people here that have followed me and supported me. What better place to be than in the Garden?"
In a way, Allen's conflicted. His whole life in basketball, he's been taught to play within the team, supplanting his own ego. And now, in arguably the Celtics' biggest game of the year — home against the Lakers, their most hated rivals and the defending champs — he gets the chance to make the night all about himself. It runs counter to the way he's always played.
"Basketball's so weird," he said. "We do so much inside of the team concept, but all the while, there are so many individual moments that take place. This is one of those moments. My whole career, I've been such a team-oriented guy, but this a moment for me to stand up and say this is something important in my career."
Allen currently ranks second all-time in made 3-pointers with 2,559. The one man ahead of him, Miller, will be in the building Thursday night calling the game for TNT. In third is Jason Kidd, who hit a game-winning 3 against the Celtics last Friday night. Peja Stojakovic, tied for fourth, and Jason Terry, eighth, are Kidd's Mavericks teammates. Chauncey Billups is sixth, and his Nuggets host the C's in two weeks. Rashard Lewis, a close friend of Allen's who played with him in Seattle, is seventh.
Allen said Wednesday that he wants to share the record with everyone who's ascended the list with him.
"The record's not just about me," he said. "It's about the people who have built me into who I am and allowed me to get to this place. And at the same time, it's about the people that have built this record up — Reggie's the guy who's built the record up to this point, and every other shooter that he's had to beat out to get to the point where he's at. It's a long list, and I'm happy to be able to make my way to the top of it."