At age 38, Miller averaged only 4.0 points in 10.4 minutes in the series. But he made big contributions in the first two games, totaling 18 points as the Wizards won twice in Chicago to take command of the series.
And he'll still be playing in the middle of May, when he's always been on vacation. Before going 4-1 with the Wizards, Miller was 16-36 in playoff games after helping the Utes reach the NCAA championship game in 1998 with five tournament victories.
Miller's best playoff performance came with Philadelphia in 2009, when he averaged 21.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists as the No. 6-seeded 76ers lost to Orlando. Prior to this week, the closest he had come to advancing to the second round was in 2012 with Denver, as the No. 6 Nuggets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.
With Miller's help, the No. 5 Wizards won a playoff series for the first time since 2005 and the third time since 1979.
They now have a decent chance of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals. Indiana and Atlanta will play Game 7 of their first-round series Saturday at Indianapolis. Even if the No. 1 Pacers advance and have home-court advantage vs. Washington, they certainly haven't looked impressive enough to make anyone believe they would overwhelm the Wizards.