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10-Time NBA All-Star G Ray Allen Won't Play this Season

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Ten-time NBA All-Star shooting guard Ray Allen will not suit up this season, but may return to the hardwood floor next year, he announced on Wednesday.

“Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said in a statement released to ESPN. “I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season. I’m going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming off-season, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season.”

Allen was originally selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft.  In 18 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, he has averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

Allen is the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made in both the regular season and postseason. He has won two Larry O’Brien trophies, with the Boston Celtics (2008) and Miami Heat (2013).

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James Passes Iverson on All-Time Scoring List

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Another feather in Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James cap. James passed former Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson for sole possession of the No. 22 spot on the NBA's all-time scoring list Sunday during the Cavaliers' win over the Knicks.

James passed Iverson just 93 seconds into the game when he converted a lay up.

"It's very, very humbling and it's an honor to just be named with some of the greats that I watched growing up," James said after the game. "And now to know that I passed Allen Iverson on the all-time scoring list, for someone that's not much of a scorer -- as you guys have deemed me -- it is pretty cool."

James is currently averaging 26 points per game this season, which is third best in the NBA behind Russell Westbrook (26.2) and James Harden (27.2).

James now trails former Miami Heat teammate Ray Allen by 122 points for the No. 21 spot on the all-time scoring list.

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Report: Ray Allen to Decide on NBA Future After All-Star Weekend

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ten-time NBA All-Star guard Ray Allen is planning to decide on his playing future after All-Star Weekend, according to ESPN. The 39-year-old is unsure if he wants to return to the hardwood floor for his 19th season, but has been working out to stay in game shape.

The Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta Hawks are among the teams that have express interest in bringing Allen on board.

Allen was originally selected out of Connecticut by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft. In 18 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Boston Celtics and Heat, he has averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

Allen has won the NBA championship twice, in 2008 and 2013.

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ESPN: Ray Allen Says He Will Play Next Season

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Guard Ray Allen has told people close to him that he will play next season instead of retiring, according to ESPN NBA Insider Chris Broussard.

Broussard also reports that while the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to land Allen, the 39-year-old hasn't made up his mind on where he'll play.

Allen, the NBA's all-time leader in 3-pointers made, played the last two seasons with LeBron James and the Miami Heat. During that time he averaged 10.3 points and 2.8 rebounds while connecting on 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Allen has won two championships in his 19 NBA seasons and will only play for teams he considers title contenders.

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Ray Allen: 'Content with Retiring'

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free agent Ray Allen isn't in a rush to sign on with a team this summer.

Allen, who won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat, told the Hartford Courant in a recent interview that he hasn't made a commitment to returning for his 19th season.

"My family is very important in making the decision," Allen told the Courant. "Right now, there is nothing that I need to do. If I ultimately decide this will be it for me, I'm content with that."

The 10-time All-Star could chose to join former Heat teammates LeBron James and Mike Miller in Cleveland, according to the Boston Globe, but Allen is enjoying his summer.

"I'm not in any rush," he said. "I've played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I'm content with everything that I've done. I just want to take this summer and see how it goes."

Allen averaged 9.6 points off the bench for the Heat last year and has weighed out the pros and cons to returning.

"To continue playing, really, the only argument is I can because I'm in great shape," Allen said. "But just because you can doesn't mean you have to. Many people over these last couple of weeks have lobbied for me to continue to play.

"My argument for not playing is, I have done a significant amount in my career and I appreciate everything that has come my way and as I've gotten older -- I'm 39 -- there are so many things in life I want to be able to do to affect change, like being around kids full time, which I enjoy. So at this point I just feel so good about where I am."

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Allen Helps Heat Scorch Pacers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fla.) -- The Miami Heat trailed by as many as 15 points but Ray Allen netted all 16 he had as the defending champs rallied to a 99-87 win over Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals. With the win, Miami now leads the series by a final of 2-1.

Allen, who signed with Miami prior to last year, has always had a knack for racking up points when it matters most. Despite have zero points through the first three quarters, the 19-year veteran hit the first four three-pointers he attempted in the final 12 minutes.

Indiana had jumped out to an early 17-4 lead and eventually pushed it to 37-22 in the second quarter. The Heat would go on to outscore the Pacers 77-50 the rest of the way, taking control of the series.

"Tough loss for our guys," said Indiana head coach, Frank Vogel. "Thought we competed pretty well, came out of the gates really strong, got off to a good start and then didn't manage our foul trouble well and didn't manage picking up their defensive intensity well." 

The biggest blow came in the final moments of the third, and opening seconds of the fourth quarter. LeBron James hit a three-point shot with 1:21 left to play in the third to give Miami a 67-63 lead. As time expired in the period, Dwayne Wade buried a three of his own before doing the same thing to start the fourth and giving Miami a 10 point lead.

James finished the game with 26 points while Wade added 23 in the victory. Miami's defense was just as impressive, holding Indiana to just 47.7 percent from the floor including six-for-21 from downtown. Game 4 is Monday night in South Florida.

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Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals 

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) --  Don't look now, but the Miami Heat are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth year in a row.

LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 57 points as the Heat rallied to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning their second-round matchup in five games.

"When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the two-time defending champions won their 10th straight playoff series.

The Nets led by eight with under five minutes remaining and were looking to take the series back to Brooklyn for Game 6. The Heat went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good, while the Nets missed nine straight shots. Ray Allen hit a huge three-pointer to give Miami a 93-91 lead with 32 seconds remaining.

"Give the Heat credit," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn't."

Joe Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 19.

Miami will face either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Heat Rout Nets to Take 1-0 Series Lead

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Brooklyn Nets went 4-0 against the Miami Heat during the regular season, but all that went out the window on Tuesday night.

LeBron James scored 22 points as the Heat routed the Nets 107-86 to take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

"It's one," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "But I liked the energy, the activity."

Ray Allen added 19 points off the bench for Miami, who blew the game open with a 24-9 run in the third quarter.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 17 points in a losing effort for Brooklyn. Kevin Garnett went scoreless in a postseason game for the first time in his career. He grabbed four rebounds in 16 minutes of action.

"This is the defending champs," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "It's always going to be at a high level and we've got to find a way to match it."

Game 2 will be played on Thursday night in South Beach.

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Heat Outlast Clippers 116-112

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) --  The Miami Heat certainly began their six-game road trip on the right foot.

LeBron James had 31 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds as the champs outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers 116-112 on Wednesday night.

Dwayne Wade and Ray Allen combined to score 29 points for the Heat, (35-13) who had seven total players score in double figures.

Miami led for most of the game, but the Clippers (34-18) came charging back.  They were within two when Allen hit the biggest shot of the night, a left corner three-pointer that made it 112-107 with 42.4 seconds remaining.

"That's when the talent kicks in," James said. "The play was broken down a little bit, but D-Wade made a heck of a play by getting into the paint, and Ray just kept moving into his favorite spot -- one of those corners. D-Wade found him with a great pass, and Ray nailed it."

Blake Griffin scored 43 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the loss for the Clippers, while Jamal Crawford added 31.

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Heat Celebrate LeBron's Birthday With a 97-94 Win in Denver

Jim McIssac/Getty Images(DENVER) --  LeBron James poured in 26 points on his 29th birthday, and the Miami Heat edged the Denver Nuggets 97-94 on Monday night.

James missed Saturday's win over Portland with a groin injury, but return to help Miami (24-7) deal Denver its seventh-straight loss.

"Great road win," James said after the game. "Despite the injuries and despite the guys going out of the lineup today we had guys step up, and we need that."

Chris Bosh and Ray Allen combined to score 30 points as the Heat won for the ninth time in 11 games.

While the Heat were pleased to welcome back James, they lost Dwayne Wade to back spasms.  He scored 12 points in 18 minutes before leaving the game at halftime. Reserve guard Norris Cole also left the game in the third quarter after taking a hard fall and hitting his face on the court at the end of a driving layup attempt.

Ty Lawson paced the Nuggets (14-16) with 26 points.

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