There are those times. You know them. Such as when Andre Miller hoists a 3-pointer late in the game and the entire sports bar bellows, "Noooooooo!" Or the times he puts the pin in the balloon, slowly setting up a half-court possession when the Nuggets have been flying up and down the court. Or the times his defense becomes offensive.

But the point guard is going to be on the floor late, if the game is on the line. He's a veteran, a chess master.

And lately, he has helped the Nuggets (40-22) win important games, be it with his clutch shot at Portland or his splurge at Sacramento on Tuesday, when Miller scored 10 points and had four assists in the fourth quarter.

"That's kind of how our team is. You never know who's going to grab the steering wheel and who's going to drive us home," coach George Karl said after the Nuggets beat the Kings 120-113. "People don't think that's good. I think it's a pretty versatile asset to have."

Next up for the red-hot Nuggets: the Los Angeles Clippers at the Pepsi Center on Thursday night. In two games against the Clippers this season, Miller has averaged 12 points and nine assists. His season averages are 9.1 points and 5.9 assists.