Allen fittingly had his famed jump shot looking good Wednesday, as he made four of eight field-goal attempts and two of five three-pointers on his way to a 15-point night in a 116-112 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Though his career is clearly winding down, Allen doesn't need to do much to climb higher than 19th place on the all-time games list. He needs just four more appearances to pass Terry Porter (1,274 games), eight more to pass A.C. Green (1,278), 12 more to pass Charles Oakley (1,282), and 16 more to pass Sam Perkins (1,286).
If Allen plays in each of Miami's 34 remaining games—an unlikely proposition—he'll move all the way up to 12th place on the all-time list, putting himself in position to crack the top 10 next season.
Of course, there's no guarantee that there will be a next season, as the 38-year-old Allen has shown his age the last few years. With each passing season, his value hinges more and more on his shooting, and Allen has made a modest 35.3 percent of his three-pointers this season, after nailing 41.9 percent in 2012-13.
He's also scoring a career-worst 9.3 points per game this season, while logging fewer than 30 minutes per game (26.4) for the second time in his career and second season in a row.
Allen could conceivably hang on for a few more years strictly because of his shooting, but he already has the rings, the legacy, the career three-pointers record and a career-defining moment.
With his name safely etched in the league's history, Allen doesn't have much left to play for, besides a third championship. If the Heat pull off the three-peat this season, it may be the last we see of Ray Allen in the NBA.