Today in Sports History: January 12

On this day in 2007, Ray Allen scored a career-best 54 points during a 122-114 Seattle SuperSonics win in overtime against the Utah Jazz. Allen shot 17-for-32 overall, went 8-for-12 on 3-pointers and made all 12 of his free throw attempts. Allen was the fifth pick in the 1996 NBA draft and led a stellar career that spanned 18 seasons. Allen was one of the first players to center his game around the three point line, and was known for his incredible catch-and-shoot abilities. Allen won two NBA championships, one with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and another with the Miami Heat in 2013. One of the most memorable shots of his career came in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. The Heat was down 3-2 in the series against the San Antonio Spurs. Allen saved Miami’s championship hopes with a game tying three with five seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Heat won in overtime and went on to defeat the Spurs in Game 7 to win the 2013 NBA championship. Allen’s other accolades include 2x All-NBA team selections, 2001 NBA Three-Point Contest champion, and 10x NBA All-Star.

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