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New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller celebrates after scoring a 3-pointer against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half in New Orleans, Monday. The Pelicans won 106-105.

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NEW ORLEANS - Darius Miller continues to find his groove.

The Mason County and University of Kentucky grad netted a career-high 21 points in 22 minutes of action Monday night as the New Orleans Pelicans knocked off the Atlanta Hawks, 106-105, in New Orleans.

Miller hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 55 seconds left in the game to give the Pelicans a 106-104 lead and they hung on from there. Miller had 14 points in the fourth quarter, hitting four 3-pointers.

"I'm just glad we came out with the win. We really fought throughout the whole game, it was an ugly one, but we got the W," Miller said to FoxSports New Orleans Monday. "I'm feeling great, like I continue to say, those guys (Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins) demand so much attention, if you look at most of my shots they were wide open so, I'm finally in a rhythm to knock them down so hopefully it continues."

Over his last six games, Miller is 17-of-29 from the 3-point line and averaging 10.8 points per game.

"We know that he can shoot the ball and that's one of the reasons that we brought him in," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said after the game. "I thought he did a really good job of using the screens and getting himself open tonight (Monday). He put himself in a position to catch it and shoot it and that's one of his strong suits."

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The Pelicans are also hot, winners in five of their last six, improving to 8-6 on the year. Their next contest is back in the Big Easy when they host Toronto on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Miller, back in his second stint with the Pelicans after spending three seasons in Germany to play professionally, has made the most of his opportunities as of late.

"I got to go over there, polish up my game and find out what I wanted to get, shots I wanted to get and what I'm good at. It helped carry over to this league," Miller said postgame.


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