Who gets it done at the end of games? What NBA star is the best closer? The waning minutes are when every NBA game is won, say some, so that is all that matters.
The truth is that there is way more that goes on in a basketball game than that, and the first 43 minutes can be just as important as the final five. But when it comes to the league's most memorable moments, enduring legacies are created in crunch time.
The following players have been the league's best performers in the clutch so far in 2012-13.
("Clutch" performance is defined as anything that happens the final five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a team ahead or behind by five or fewer points. Players on the list are ranked by eFG%—effective field-goal percentage—and must have scored at least 35 clutch points this season to qualify. All stats courtesy of NBA.com/Stats and updated as of 12/23/12.)