NBA 2012: The Five Most Clutch Players in the Association

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NBA 2012: The Five Most Clutch Players in the Association
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Kobe Bryant is arguably the best finisher in the NBA

When the game clock is draining down toward zero and your team is losing by three or less points whose hands would you want the ball in? You could do a lot worse than letting Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony or even Cleveland rookie point guard Kyrie Irving deciding the game for your squad.

Those three players are included in a list of the NBA's five best closers or finishers. Some define a finisher as a player who never misses a layup in traffic or can throw down a dunk with authority (that would be you Blake Griffin). But for this examination we'll use the word closer and finisher interchangeably.

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