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Ray Allen passes Bill Russell on all-time NBA playoff scoring list

Ray Allen is a sure-fire hall of famer, legendary player, and is undoubtedly one of the greatest of all time. Tonight, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers, Allen furthered his legacy by surpassing Bill Russell and taking sole possession of the 30th spot on the all-time playoff scoring list.

The greatest shooter of all time surpassed the former Celtic great by making a free throw late in the first quarter. Allen is now 138 points away from the 29th spot which is held by hall of famer and legendary Knicks center, Patrick Ewing. 

Allen has been stellar thus far in the Eastern Conference Finals. In Game 3, Allen helped the Heat to a victory by sinking four three pointers in the fourth quarter and not missing a single three he attempted. Those threes helped widen the gap for the Heat, and the Pacers had no chance to mount a comeback.

So far in the series, Allen has come off the bench and provided a spark for the Miami Heat. In 27 minutes per game, Allen has 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and is shooting 47 percent from the field. Those stats do not do Allen’s defense justice, however, as he has played hard nosed defense throughout the playoffs.

With Chris Andersen inactive for tonight’s game, the Miami Heat will likely be employing a smaller and quicker lineup throughout. Expect Ray Allen to continue to get big minutes tonight as the Heat look to extend their lead to a commanding 3-1 on their home court.

Tags: Chris Andersen Eastern Conference Finals Indiana Pacers Miami Heat NBA NBA Playoffs Ray Allen

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