The Stat Line of the Night — 6/6/10 — Ray Allen
The L.A. Lakers were heavy favorites to win the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, but Boston had other plans in mind. While the Celtic Big Three looked more like the Old Three for most of the season, the addition of Rondo to that equation as well as a playoff surge has them playing inspired basketball. A Game 2 win last night sends the series back to Boston tied up 1-1, but it took all Boston could muster with Rondo dropping a triple-double and Ray Allen having a career night from beyond the arc.
Ray Allen scored 50% of his team’s points in the first half with 27 points as the halftime score was 54-48 Boston. He was 7/8 from behind the 3-point arc, tying his own record for most threes in a game. All he needed was 1 more in the second half to eclipse that record. He was 11-20 from the field on the night overall and scored a game-leading 32 points.
The Celtics now must return to Boston to defend their home court. Due to a quirky change in scheduling, the Finals is going with a 2-3-2 format, giving Boston 3 straight games at home before having to return to L.A. If they can get performances like last night’s from Ray Allen, and a few Rondo triple-doubles sprinkled in, they may have a chance to pull off the miracle win. For now, Allen earns “The Stat Line of the Night” with his impressive record-setting night.