Miller, acquired in an offseason trade with Cleveland, had a
season-high 29 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds
Sunday night in the Clippers' 120-117 victory over the Orlando
Miller hit 11 of 13 free throws, including three of four in the
final 16.8 seconds to seal the team's first road victory of the
''You can tell when he's in the game we're a much better
basketball team,'' guard Eric Piatkowski said. ''He does a good job
of pushing the ball when it needs to be pushed and he slows it down
when it needs to be slowed down.
''I love having him out there on the floor and I know all the
other guys on the team feel the same way,'' he said.
The Clippers led by 10 early in the fourth quarter. But
Orlando's Darrell Armstrong scored eight consecutive points,
including a pair of free throws that put the Magic ahead 113-106.
Starting at the 2:19 mark, Corey Maggette had a basket and shot
4-for-4 from the foul line to tie it at 115 with 55.9 seconds
After Armstrong missed a 3-pointer, Keyon Dooling's free throws
put Los Angeles ahead for good, 117-115 with 22.4 seconds left.
Miller followed by hitting three foul shots, and Orlando's Grant
Hill made a layup at the buzzer.
''It's big for us because Orlando is like Utah, one of the
toughest teams in the league to beat at home,'' Maggette said. ''We
had a poor start and they jumped on us. Coach told us that this is
the kind of team that you have to keep your composure with.''
Miller scored 29 points. Piatkowski and Michael Olowokandi each
had a season-high 21 points and Maggette finished with 19.
Elton Brand had 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for Los
The Clippers were 30-for-36 on foul shots, including 13-for-16
in the fourth quarter.
Orlando lost for the first time in four home games this season.
Tracy McGrady scored 32 for the Magic, but had only two points in
the final period when he made one of three attempts.
Hill finished with 29 points on 10-for-12 shooting and Mike
Miller added 18.
''A really disappointing loss because this is a game I thought
we had a chance of taking control early,'' Magic coach Doc Rivers
said. ''We allowed them back in it, which we knew they would be at
some point. But when a team shoots 56 percent against you, you
really shouldn't win a game.''
A pair of free throws by Sean Rooks put Los Angeles ahead 94-84
with 10:32 remaining in the game, but the Magic responded with an
11-0 run that was capped by McGrady's layup for a 95-94 lead. The
teams exchanged leads until a 3-pointer by Armstrong put the Magic
ahead, 109-106 at the 4:09 mark.
Piatkowski sparked Los Angeles with 14 third-quarter points,
giving the Clippers a 90-84 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Orlando missed 15 of 21 attempts in the third.
McGrady began the game hitting seven of his first eight shots as
Orlando led by as many as 13 in the first quarter. The Clippers
chipped away at Orlando's lead in the second quarter, hitting 14 of
The Clippers defeated the Magic for only the second time in
the last 10 games played in Orlando. ... Orlando surpassed 100
points for the sixth consecutive game. ... A 3-point shot by
Orlando's Pat Garrity at the buzzer before halftime was determined
to be too late following an instant replay review. Garrity opened
the second half by hitting a 3 that gave Orlando a 65-57 lead. ...
Los Angeles' Quentin Richardson missed his first game of the season
because of a bruised right knee.
With their ugly 30-52 season behind them, the Pelicans are feeling good about landing upbeat scorer Buddy Hield with the No. 6 pick in the draft.
Newly acquired Knick Derrick Rose tosses some shade to the Chicago Bulls by thanking them for sending him to New York.
The Spurs, who had just one draft pick this year, have agreed to a two-year deal with Final Four standout Ryan Arcidiacono of Villanova.