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Stephen Curry named NBA Clutch Player of the Year

Four-time NBA champion Stephen Curry was named the NBA’s Clutch Player of the Year on Thursday in recognition of his performance in tight, late-game situations.

Curry led the league in points scored in clutch time — defined as games within five points with less than five minutes to play — with 189.

He shot an average of 49.6% from the field – including 45.7% from three-point range – in clutch situations, both above his season averages.

Curry’s late-game heroics included a pair of game-winning shots, one from 10 yards to beat the Phoenix Suns on February 10 and another a layup at the buzzer to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the In-Season Tournament.

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“You have to be able to fail,” Curry told broadcaster TNT during the television announcement of the award.

“I don’t know if anything clicked other than just knowing how much time you put into the game and with that time comes the earned confidence of ‘OK, I’m ready for whatever moment comes.’”

Curry is only the second recipient of the award. De’Aaron Fox of Sacramento won the first title last season.

He was one of three finalists, along with DeMar DeRozan of Chicago and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Oklahoma City. Gilgeous-Alexander is also a finalist for Most Valuable Player.

Curry’s skill won’t be tested in the playoffs. The Warriors finished 10th in the Western Conference and were eliminated by the Sacramento Kings in the play-in tournament.

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