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Miller's shots sure-fire boost for Heat in finals

Monday - 6/10/2013, 3:41pm  ET

San Antonio Spurs center Boris Diaw (33) looks to pass against Miami Heat point guard Norris Cole (30) and Miami Heat shooting guard Mike Miller (13) during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals basketball game, Sunday, June 9, 2013 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

AP Basketball Writer

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Moments after getting his championship ring on the night this NBA season opened last October, Mike Miller walked to midcourt, grabbed a microphone and addressed the delirious crowd.

"The journey that starts tonight is going to be even more challenging," Miller said.

At the time, Miller had no idea how prophetic those words would seem.

Stuck on the Miami Heat bench for much of the year, laughing on the outside as little more than a coping mechanism designed to hide his frustration, Miller is getting plenty of time again in these NBA Finals. A star of last year's title series -- he made his first seven 3-point tries of Game 5, the clinching win against Oklahoma City -- Miller is relishing the chance to contribute to perhaps a second straight championship.

"It's definitely been a good experience, but we've got a lot of basketball left," Miller said.

Miller made all three of his 3-point attempts Sunday night in Miami's 103-84 victory that tied the series against the San Antonio Spurs at one win apiece. Game 3 is at San Antonio on Tuesday night.

If the current trend continues, Miller will be the first sub off the bench for coach Erik Spoelstra. Over a 2
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