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Ray Allen officially retires

Ray Allen’s success started with his work ethic. He was renowned for being on the court hours before game time.

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Ray Allen’s success started with his work ethic. He was renowned for being on the court hours before game time.

MIAMI — Ray Allen won championships in Boston and Miami, made one of the most memorable shots in NBA Finals history and has more 3-pointers than anyone who ever played in the league.

More than two years after his last game, Allen announced his retirement on Tuesday in a post on The Players' Tribune website. Allen spent 18 seasons in the league with Milwaukee, Seattle, the Celtics and the Heat, averaging 18.9 points in 1,300 career regular-season games and appearing in 10 All-Star Games.

"I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game," Allen said in his post, which was in the form of a letter to his younger self. "I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself."

Allen considered a comeback over the last two years and had opportunities from contending teams. Nothing lured him back, though the door always remained a bit open — until now.

"Basketball will take you far away from that school yard," Allen wrote. "You will become far more than just a basketball player. You'll get to act in movies. You'll travel the world. You will become a husband, and the father of five amazing children."

NBA commissioner Adam Silver called Allen "an extraordinary player."

Teammates and coaches raved about Allen's work ethic and commitment to fitness — which now takes a different form, after he and his wife, Shannon, recently opened an organic fast-casual restaurant in Miami. Allen was usually on the floor for a workout three hours before games, sometimes before the arena lights were turned on.

Allen had the record for 3-pointers in a season for seven years, his mark of 269 standing until Stephen Curry of Golden State made 272 in 2012-13.

In all, Allen made 2,973 3-pointers in regular-season games. One of his most famous 3s came in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals, a shot from the right corner with 5.2 seconds left that sent the Heat to overtime against the Spurs in a win-or-else game, and helped Miami go on to win the title in seven games.

MAGIC EDGES 76ERS: Serge Ibaka sank two free throws with 1.4 seconds to snap a tie and send the visiting Magic to a 103-101 victory over the 76ers. Orlando rallied from 18 down to win for the first time in four games. Sixers center Joel Embiid had two turnovers in the final minute. Ibaka scored 21 and Nik Vucevic had 24 points and 14 rebounds.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 32 and the host Cavaliers beat the Rockets 128-120. Kevin Love scored 24 while LeBron James added 19 points and 13 rebounds as Cleveland placed six players in double figures. The Cavaliers are 4-0 for the first time in 16 years. James Harden scored a season-high 41 pand had 15 assists for Houston. … Paul George scored 30, including host Indiana's final 12 of the game, to rally the Pacers to a 115-108 victory over the Lakers.

LEBRON annoyS WARRIORS: Some Warriors players took exception to props that James used at his annual Halloween Party. A skeleton had a "3-1 Lead" on his head, apparently a shot at Golden State squandering a 3-1 lead to Cleveland in the Finals. Warriors big man Draymond Green smiled when asked about the prop. "More power to them," he said. "I already got enough fuel. I don't need more. Enjoy." Guard Klay Thompson appeared irritated, saying: "Man, I don't care about that." And guard Steph Curry said "I'm just going to keep it quiet," then shook his head and laughed. The teams meet for the first time on Dec. 25. At his party, James was dressed as Jerome from the 1990s show Martin.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Thunder traded power forward Ersan Ilyasova to the 76ers for small forward Jerami Grant. Philadelphia also gets a draft pick while Oklahoma City reduces its salary cap. The pick is a top-20-protected first-rounder in 2020. If it's not conveyed, it would convert to second-round picks in 2022 and 2023. … The Hawks announced a $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, with the city of Atlanta providing $142.5 million. The team agreed to an 18-year lease extension at the arena through 2046. Renovations will be completed by the 2018-2019 season. … Hornets center Cody Zeller signed a four-year, $56 million deal. "You know, $56 million is crazy — I would play this game for free," said the fourth overall pick in 2013. Zeller has improved statistically every year. … The Bulls expect guard Michael Carter-Williams to miss 4-6 weeks because of a bruised left knee and sprained left wrist.

Ray Allen officially retires 11/01/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 10:33pm]
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