Mike Miller Stepped Up in Game 6 for the Miami Heat

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIMay 25, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 17: Mike Miller #13 of the Miami Heat sits on the bench during the final minutes against the Indiana Pacers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 17, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers defeated the Heat 94-75. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Miami Heat forward Mike Miller had a major impact in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.  The veteran Florida Gator finished with 12 points, and made some big three pointers after a perfect start. 

With Dwyane Wade being sensational, scoring 41 points, and LeBron James having a solid yet quiet performance throughout the night, the Heat were able to beat the Indiana Pacers also because of Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller.  Miami's defense was solid, and the Heat were able to get past a tough test from Indiana without Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem in Game 6.

Miller was able to give the Heat a lift in the first half.  He shot the ball confidently, and helped the Heat to the Eastern Conference Finals once again.  Miller made the night easier for the other role players by shooting confidently.  He gave good minutes and provided defense and rebounding for the thin Heat lineup. 

Wade and James combined for 69 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in the game.  Miller shot 4-of-8 from the field, and contributed four three pointers.  When the Heat have their role players, such as Miller, making their open shots, they are that much harder to beat.

Miller has been in the league for more than a decade and has played for the Wizards, Magic, Timberwolves and Grizzlies.  This season with the Heat will be his best chance to win a ring.  It was nice to see Miller contribute to the Heat's win.

And it's not like Miller hasn't seen struggles on the court, as well as off.  In the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, Miller had his first daughter.  His daughter had some severe health issues, and he was going back and forth between practice, games and the hospital. 

It was good to see Miller get his due and provide strong numbers in the quest for Miami's second championship.  Miller has usually been a major contributor on his teams, as he received the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2006. 

With Miller hitting on all cylinders, Wade and James were looking to find him and the other role players.  Even though the duo had the majority of the offensive load, Miller did what he was told to do coming off the bench.  He was a major factor in the Heat's win in game 6.