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Monday, Feb. 1, 2010

Miller shoots Blazers past Mavs

DALLAS (AP) Andre Miller missed badly on his first shot of the game. That was about the only thing that went wrong for Portland's point guard.

Miller scored a career-high 52 points, including 25 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Juwan Howard hit a jumper with 44.8 seconds left to lift the Trail Blazers past the Dallas Mavericks 114-112 Saturday night.

On Portland's second possession of the game, Miller's 15-foot jumper missed the rim the completely and hit the backboard. That was one of his few misfires as Miller finished 22-of-31 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the foul line.

"I just wanted to stay aggressive," Miller said. "I didn't look at it as scoring the ball, but just going out and making plays and being the point guard. The shots came and since they were going in, I kept shooting."

Miller fell two points shy of the Portland team record set by Damon Stoudamire. Milwaukee rookie Brandon Jennings has the most points in an NBA game this season with 55 on Nov. 14.

Denver's Carmelo Anthony had the previous 50-point game in the NBA, scoring 50 against the New York Knicks on Nov. 27.

Miller came in averaging 12.6 points per game and his season high had been 28.

"We put him down in the post," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "Right off the bat, he established himself as a go-to guy."

Magic 104, Hawks 86

In Orlando, Dwight Howard had 31 points and 19 rebounds and the Magic coasted over Atlanta.

Hornets 109, Grizzlies 102 (OT)

In Memphis, Emeka Okafor had 21 points, Darren Collison added 17 points and a career-high 18 assists and New Orleans ended the Grizzlies' 11-game home winning streak.

Bucks 95, Heat 84

In Milwaukee, Hakim Warrick scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Bucks held off short-handed Miami.

Wizards 106, Knicks 96

In Washington, Mike Miller scored a season-high 25 points — including seven 3-pointers — and Antawn Jamison had 21 points and a career-high 23 rebounds to lead the Wizards over New York.

Bobcats 103, Kings 96

In Sacramento, Gerald Wallace scored a season-high 38 points and had 11 rebounds.

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