A couple of end-of-season awards are already locked up (or close to it). Paolo Banchero is going to win Rookie of the Year. Mike Brown is starting to pull away from the pack for Coach of the Year.
And De’Aaron Fox will be the inaugural winner of the Clutch Player of the Year award. If anyone had doubts, he cemented that with another game-winner on Wednesday, this time to beat the Bulls with 0.7 seconds left.
Fox leads the NBA in total clutch points scored — in the final five minutes of a game within five points — with 180. Second place is a tie between the Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan and the Heat’s Jimmy Butler with 138. It’s not close.
Outside of DeRozan, the Bulls have not been clutch this season — they are 12-23 in clutch games. As K.C. Johnson points out at NBC Sports Chicago, the Bulls have now lost six games where they led by 16 or more points this season. DeRozan led the Bulls with 33 points.
Fox led the Kings with 32 points, while Malik Monk had 19 off the bench and Domantas Sabonis had a triple-double of 14 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists. With the win, the Kings moved into a tie for second in the West with the Grizzlies (who fell to the Heat).
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Publish date : 2023-03-16 12:13:48
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