01/31/10 12:10 pm EST
Philadunkia nation, that’s not a misprint. Former 76ers point man Andre Miller lit up the Dallas Mavericks for 52 points last night and led the Portland Trailblazers to a 114-112 win in Dallas. Miller who missed his first shot of the night was 22 of 31 from the floor and 7 out of 8 from the charity stripe. Nearly half (25 points) of Miller’s scoring out-burst came during the fourth quarter and overtime periods. ‘Dre scored the Blazers last nine points in regulation including the game tying bucket, a floating hook shot, with 14 ticks left.
As we all remember, 76ers GM Ed Stefanski decided against resigning Miller in July 2009 and cited the fact that he didn’t want to commit the years and money Miller was looking for on a soon to be 33-year old point guard. Stefanski also noted that the organization felt it was time to give Sixer combo-guard Louis Williams a chance to start for the team at the point. The Blazers gave Miller a 3-year, $21 million deal in which the first two years are guaranteed. For Portland that was money well spent as Miller is averaging 13 points and 5 dimes a night and has been key in directing a team filled with young talent.