June 21, 2013
MIAMI --- Ray Allen became the first University of Connecticut basketball alumnus to own multiple NBA championships when the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 95-88, Thursday night in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena.
It was the second NBA championship for Allen, who also celebrated a title with the 2007-08 Boston Celtics. It is the fifth overall NBA crown for a former UConn player. Besides Allen’s two, former Huskies Scott Burrell (1997-98 Chicago Bulls), Travis Knight (1999-2000 L.A. Lakers) and Richard Hamilton (2003-04 Detroit Pistons) own NBA rings.
Allen, 37, who just finished his 17th season in the NBA, averaged 10.2 points during this year’s playoffs for the Heat and shot 40.6 percent from three-point range. He hit arguably the most crucial shot of the NBA Finals with a three-pointer from the corner with 5.2 seconds remaining to tie Game 6, 95-95, sending the game into overtime. The Heat went on to win, 103-100, to force the deciding Game 7.
Allen, a 10-time NBA All-Star, is already the most prolific three-point shooter in NBA history, canning 2,857 treys in his career. He has scored 23,804 points.
Originally from Dalzell, S.C., Allen attended UConn from 1993-1996 and still ranks fourth on the all-time UConn scoring list with 1,922 points. He was a two-time All-American and the Big East Player of the Year in 1995-96. He also won a gold medal with Team USA during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.