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Ray Allen's clutch 3-pointer lifts Celtics

Celtics veteran sinks game-winner with his only 3 against Trail Blazers on Wednesday

Updated: December 2, 2010, 2:05 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Even Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce couldn't help but wonder what the Portland Trail Blazers were thinking when they left Ray Allen open for a late-game 3-pointer that sealed Boston's 99-95 triumph Wednesday night at the TD Garden.

"How can you leave Ray Allen -- one of the great shooters of all-time -- wide open like that?" asked Pierce, repeating something that's seemingly been heard numerous times since Allen arrived in Boston. "He'll hit that 99 percent of the time."

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