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Milton “Milt” Palacio (born February 7 1978) is an American professional Basketball player, formerly in the NBA and currently with Russia's Khimki Moscow Oblast. He was born to Belizean parents in Los Angeles, California and is a Belizean citizen.

Basketball careerEdit

CollegeEdit

Palacio attended Junipero Serra High School, in Gardena, California. He played College basketball at Midland Junior College and Colorado State University, going NBA in 1999.

Professional careerEdit

From 1999-2006, Palacio played in the NBA for the Vancouver Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, and the Utah Jazz with a career scoring average of 4.8 points per game.

His most notable achievement was scoring a Buzzer beater for the Celtics in their shocking victory over the New Jersey Nets on December 28, 2000. With the Nets leading 111-109 and inbounding the ball with less than 2 seconds remaining, Palacio stole a pass from Lucious Harris and threw up an off-balance shot from 30 feet away. Improbably, the shot swished through the net, giving the Celtics a 112-111 victory. Basketball writers dubbed Palacio with the nickname "Miracle Milt", as a recognition of this incredible incident.

Despite a solid season with the Jazz, Palacio was a Free agent at the start of the 2006-2007 preseason. He eventually caught on with the Seattle SuperSonics, but was waived before the regular season start, unable to unseat Mike Wilks as the third-string point guard behind Luke Ridnour and Earl Watson.

In the 2007-08 season, Palacio began a European adventure, signing for ex-European champions KK Partizan from Serbia. While struggling mightily at times to begin the year, he learned the European game quickly, playing some great basketball in the second half of the season and being named Euroleague's MVP for the month of March 2008, helping Partizan reach the last 8 of the competition for the first time in 10 years. In this season Palacio won triple crown with Partizan, winning Serbian cup, Adriatic League and Serbian national championship.

During 2008 summer transfer window, Palacio moved to Russian club Khimki Moscow Oblast.

International careerEdit

He led Belize to a Gold medal in the 1998 CARICOM Men's Basketball Tournament, which the country hosted. Palacio also held summer camps in his parents' homeland for aspiring Belizean basketball players.

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