NBA Stars Who Get Better in Close-Out Games

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NBA Stars Who Get Better in Close-Out Games
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NBA fans love players who find another gear when the stakes are high. 

It's one thing to pile up regular-season records or torch opponents in a playoff series opener.

Thriving in close-out games? That's tough to do, and not everyone is cut out for it. There's a rare breed of hoopsters who get better when they face elimination or have a chance to eliminate others.

Who are the best close-out performers in the NBA and why? We break down the stars who take it up a notch when the pressure is on.

*Close-out game stats gathered from ESPN.com, "clutch" stats gathered from NBA.com.

**"Clutch situations": last five minutes remaining in game, team ahead or behind by five or fewer points.

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