Ray Allen just stepped up to the podium to describe his record-breaking night. He said the magnitude of the game made him doubt whether or not the record would happen tonight.
“I thought about, ‘Was it really going to happen?'” said Allen. “I knew I only needed two threes, but on any other day or any other game, it would have happened just like that. That second three was almost slow-motion for me … I was like, ‘this is it.’
“It was definitely a magical moment.”
Allen said he felt awkward about having a moment all to himself in a team sport. He said he was encouraged by Reggie Miller as well as the rest of his teammates to soak it all in.
“I’ll remember this moment for the rest of my life,” said Allen. “It was all about the fans in Boston. The stage here was set and everybody was ready. When I ran out on the floor and saw all of the signs…I really didn’t understand until that moment just how big it was.”
— Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he didn’t think the Celtics ran out of gas tonight against the Lakers.
“No, I don’t,” said Rivers. “I thought we played and we looked like it. I never thought we fought through it. I just thought mentally we were not a very tough team tonight, and usually we are.
Rivers was pleased to see Allen break the all-time 3-point record.
“It was great for him,” said Rivers. “He got great looks. He did it through the offense. And that’s what’s so upsetting. Those same looks could have been there in the second half. Obviously his foul trouble hurt him.”
Said Paul Pierce on the record, “Records are made to be broken, but that one’s not going anywhere for a while. He’s got four to five years left.”
— Rivers said Delonte West tried to talk him into being able to play tonight. The coach said he doesn’t expect West to play Sunday vs. Miami, but he said the team will try to get him a few minutes against the Nets next Weds.
— Lakers coach Phil Jackson held court with the media after the game.
“Whenever we play the Celtics, whoever rebounds best wins the game,” said Jackson.
The Lakers had 47 rebounds to 36 rebounds for the Celtics. Rivers was asked about possibly bringing in Luke Harangody to help rebound, but he said Harangody didn’t have the height to rebound against a team with the size the Lakers have.