When the Heat signed Mike Miller two summers ago the team envisioned the former Sixth Man of the Year and veteran sharp-shooter as the perfect complement to the Big 3.

After missing a combined 71 games during the past two seasons because of thumb, shoulder and ankle injuries and a hernia, the 32-year old swingman is showing signs he might finally be close to becoming that guy — and perhaps the missing piece in a title run.

"We're finally starting to see some of the things that we've always liked about Mike," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Sunday after his team went plus-23 with Miller on the floor.

"With guys out we've been able to bring the ball to him a lot more and not just for him to run to the corner and be the recipient of plays like that last one [where he drilled a game-clinching three-pointer against the Rockets]. We've had calls for him where there is the responsibility for him to create shots for the team. And I think that's great for him.