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Who are the best crunch-time players?

Our formula reveals the top 10 players in the clutch, including some surprises

Updated: May 29, 2009, 2:17 PM ET
By Alok Pattani | ESPN Stats & Information
As these conference finals games come down to the wire virtually every night, the same question is on the mind of every player, coach and fan: Who will come up big in crunch time?

Many insist that Kobe Bryant is the best closer in the game, and LeBron James has provided the most memorable late-game moment of the playoffs thus far with his buzzer-beater in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. But most of the mainstream discussion about who comes up big in the clutch and who doesn't is based on opinion and what we remember from watching a few games, not on any sort of statistics. Until now.


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