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Ray Allen catches fire in the fourth quarter of Game 3 win over Pacers (VIDEO)

May 25, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

Through the first three quarters of Miami’s Game 3 win over the Pacers, Ray Allen had played less than 16 minutes, and was 0-for-1 from the field with three free throws accounting for his only points of the game.

Indiana apparently forgot all about him in the fourth, and Allen torched them time and again in the final period to put the game out of reach.

Allen scored 13 points while playing all but 42 seconds of the fourth quarter, and went 4-for-4 from three-point distance. The Pacers somehow kept losing him in transition, or were simply far too late in closing out on him defensively.

The last one is the best, simply because of the genuinely emotional reaction it elicited from LeBron James as he realized the victory was sealed.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    More than anything Allen’s barrage of 3’s is just a good coaching move by Spoelstra. He went with a three guard lineup while Indiana rolled out their big/slow starting 5 and for some reason David West was checking Ray Allen. It was more than the Ray Allen shots though; that mismatch opened up all sorts of scoring opportunities for Miami down the stretch.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Spo was a maestro, and the entire TEAM executed beautifully. There’s a reason Allen was open for those 3s. None of it was due to 1 on 5.

    • moppop - May 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      I think Vogel was counting on the decline of Ray Allen. Even I could have told you a George hill or a Butler is a better match to pair up with Allen. Those were well-orchestrated daggers.

    • antistratfordian - May 25, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      It’s not like the Pacers had an enormous lineup out there. During Allen’s barrage they had Lance Stephenson, CJ Watson and Paul George out on the floor. That’s basically three guards as well.

      The problem, of course, was LeBron. He can take West on defense, but West can’t guard LeBron. And therein lies the conundrum for the Pacers.

  2. jzone954 - May 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Bet you Bill Simmons is pretty angry…

    • buffalowned - May 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Not sure what exactly you’re referring to but it’s impossible to take that guy seriously he is always wrong…similar to Charles Barkley

  3. finsfan71 - May 25, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    If these guys depended on a job based on their predictions, you could shut down the ESPN transmitter.

    • sportsfan18 - May 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Nope, Charles and Bill are ENTERTAINMENT…

      They DO fulfill that role well.

  4. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - May 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    I would not calL it PRICELESS. Looked ridiculous if anything.

    • buffalowned - May 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Maybe one day Melo will know what that feels like…but it probably won’t be in a Knicks jersey

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - May 25, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        OMG that hurt so much lol

  5. thekingdave - May 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Lol at how much Heat “fans” get hung up on what Bill Simmons says

    • kinggw - May 25, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      I wouldn’t say Heat fans are hung up on what Simmons says, but it’d be nice for him to give them their respect due. It’s well known he’s a big C’s fan, nobody expects him to be a cheerleader but he’s been ridiculous.

      At this point it’s comical to watch Simmons grasp for straws. His latest hit is to pan the free agent additions of Beasley and Oden and saying the Heat’s lack of depth will be their doom.

      • moppop - May 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        ESPN is notorious for it’s New York/New England slant, considering ESPN is based out of Bristol.

  6. jzone954 - May 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    @ Buffalowned, just the fact that Simmons is a Celtic fan.

    • buffalowned - May 25, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Probably why he always underestimates the Heat and for the 3rd straight year says the WCF is the real NBA Finals. But like I said you can’t really take what he says seriously…he’s Bill Simmons.

  7. Great Caesar's Ghost - May 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Ray>Lebron. Clutch is clutch.

    • totallyuselessme - May 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Can’t you idiots just for once appreciate greatness without going out of your way to disrespect LeBron?

      Ray’s a baller. Can you just leave it at that?

  8. jzone954 - May 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Well Ofcourse. It’s not taking him serious. It’s him having to watch miami do what they do with Ray Allen apart of it…..that’s all. Why would anyone take him serious?

  9. antistratfordian - May 25, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Ray and LeBron play so well together. James always knows where Jesus is, and Jesus is always in the right spot. Hallelujah!

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