Ray Allen Passes Allen Iverson for 21st on All-Time Scoring List

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2014

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Ray Allen's clutch shooting helped the Miami Heat snap a two-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, and his performance had some historically-significant implications. 

According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, a fourth-quarter conversion vaulted Allen ahead of Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson and into sole possession of the No. 21 spot on the NBA's all-time scoring list: 

In 29 minutes off the bench, Allen scored a team- and season-high 25 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 4-of-6 shooting from three while knocking down all seven of his looks from the charity stripe in a 113-104 Heat defeat of the Houston Rockets

“The team is making a more concerted effort of finding me and knowing I’m in great position,” Allen said following the win, according to Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post. 

Prior to breaking out against the league's 12th-ranked defense, Allen dropped a then-season-high 22 points against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night, hitting seven of his nine shots from the field, including 5-of-7 from three. 

After shooting a season-low 25 percent from beyond the arc in January, Allen has turned it up over the last two months. In February, the greatest three-point shooter in the history of the game hit 40.5 percent of his triples, and that number's ballooned to better than 47 percent in March. 

So who will Allen be passing next? 

Tim Duncan occupies the spot above Jesus Shuttlesworth on the all-time scoring list, and the San Antonio Spurs forward is still scoring at a 15 point-per-game clip. And with Allen hovering at a shade over nine points per game in a complementary role off the pine, there's simply no shot that Allen makes up significant ground on Duncan this season. 

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And while Duncan (24,690 career points) will soon be jumping Patrick Ewing (24,815 career points), Allen won't be doing so during the 2013-14 campaign, considering he's more than 1,400 points away from leapfrogging the New York Knicks legend. 

However, Allen told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel earlier this year that he doesn't plan on retiring after his 18th professional season, meaning he still has plenty of buckets left to score. 

That said, Allen's totaled 541 points to date this season, and with his ankles always a concern, it's hard to imagine him surpassing Ewing even if he does return for a 19th season. 

Two to three more years of consistent minutes will be necessary to reach Ewing's esteemed mark, but there's no guarantee that he'll move out of that No. 21 spot even if he does continue to drink from the fountain of youth in Erik Spoelstra's offense. 


All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com unless noted otherwise.