From the moment it left his hand, Ray Allen knew he had launched the shot that would put him in the record book. The 3-pointer that went through the basket in front of the Celtics bench gave him 2,561 3-pointers in his career, one more than Reggie Miller. 

 

"When I got the ball and let it go, I felt so good behind it that once ball went in air I knew it was good," Allen said of his historic trey with 1:48 left in the first quarter. 

 

Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 23 points in the third quarter while Pau Gasol added 20 as the Lakers wiped out a 15-point first-half deficit and beat the Celtics, 92-86, on a night when Ray Allen became the all-time 3-point field goal leader in NBA history. 

 

Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer from right wing with 1:48 left in the first quarter to pass Reggie Miller for the most 3-pointers in NBA history with 2,561. After the record-breaking basket, Allen went over and gave a hug to Miller, on hand courtside to broadcast the game nationally on TNT.

 

Allen tied the record with a trey from the left top of the circle with 4:15 left in the first quarter. The crowd rose in anticipation on each 3-point attempt by Allen on the night. Allen's first attempt came from the left baseline with 7:24 left in the first quarter. 

The reaction to the surprise announcement that Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has resigned was one of shock. "It caught us all off guard," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "He’s been this stable guy in the league and he’s been there, like this rock. And the rock is gone. It’s like your franchise moved or something. It’s strange. We’re so used to having him here in this league. We’ll have to get used to it." 

 

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge sounded off on Kevin Garnett's critics Thursday on The Big Show. With recent focus being placed on whether Garnett is a dirty player, Ainge suggested that teams and players throughout the league — including the ones Garnett has robbed the right way — would be happy to have him. 

 

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Thursday, discussing the team's potential activity in the the trade market, Ray Allen's forthcoming record, and Kendrick Perkins' future with the team. 

 

With Marquis Daniels having gone down with a bruised spinal cord in Sunday's game after a collision with Gilbert Arenas, Ainge admitted that the team is more likely to make calls than simply field them. 

 

Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca joined The Big Show and touched on a number of subjects, including Kevin Garnet, Ray Allen's longevity and whether they'd like to keep Kendrick Perkins. They were also asked about the future of coach Doc Rivers, who is in the final year of his contract.

 

It was only a week and a half ago that the Celtics and Lakers met, but so much has already changed.



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WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers has heard all the criticism and venom spewed toward Kevin Garnett lately and after practice Wednesday responded to some of it, including recent comments by Suns coach Alvin Gentry that he no longer "respects" Garnett. 

 

"It's amazing," Rivers said. "That's fine. I don't think Kevin cares, one way or another. We sure don't. When I hear a coach saying anything, ask them if they would trade for them. I have a feeling they'd say, 'Yeah, yeah, we'll take him right now.'"

 

WALTHAM -- The Celtics were reduced to 10 healthy players in practice on Wednesday, one day before their rematch with the Lakers Thursday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce was home sick while Shaquille O'Neal and Semih Erden continue to nurse nagging injuries. O'Neal has a sore right Achilles tendon while Erden is out with a right adductor strain. 

 

On the bright side, Delonte West participated in his first full contact practice since his broken right wrist, suffered on Nov. 24 against New Jersey.