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Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) high fives teammate Jamal Crawford (11) in the second quarter of Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Clippers’ Jamal Crawford wins NBA Sixth Man; Utah Jazz’s Kanter ties for eighth
First Published May 08 2014 11:02 am • Last Updated May 08 2014 11:19 pm

Los Angeles • Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers won the NBA Sixth Man Award on Thursday, becoming the oldest recipient and the first to do so with different teams.

The 34-year-old guard also was honored as the league’s best player off the bench while with the Atlanta Hawks in 2009-10.

At a glance

NBA Sixth Man voting

Voting for the NBA Sixth Man award as selected by a nationwide panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters. Voting is on a 5-3-1 basis:

Player, Team;1st;2nd;3rd;Total

Jamal Crawford, L.A. Clippers;57;41;13;421

Taj Gibson, Chicago;49;45;15;395

Manu Ginobili, San Antonio;9;20;33;138

Markieff Morris, Phoenix;5;10;30;85

Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City;4;4;17;49

Vince Carter, Dallas;1;1;4;12

D.J. Augustin, Chicago;-;2;-;6

Enes Kanter, Utah;-;1;-;3

Dion Waiters, Cleveland;-;1;-;3

Nick Young, L.A. Lakers;-;-;3;3

Chris Andersen, Miami;-;-;2;2

Marco Belinelli, San Antonio;-;-;2;2

Andray Blatche, Brooklyn;-;-;1;1

Tim Hardaway Jr., New York;-;-;1;1

Patty Mills, San Antonio;-;-;1;1

Timofey Mozgov, Denver;-;-;1;1

Greivis Vasquez, Toronto;-;-;1;1

Mo Williams, Portland;-;-;1;1

NBA Sixth Man winners

2014 — Jamal Crawford, L.A. Clippers

2013 — J.R. Smith, New York

2012 — James Harden, Oklahoma City

2011 — Lamar Odom, L.A. Lakers

2010 — Jamal Crawford, Atlanta

2009 — Jason Terry, Dallas

2008 — Manu Ginobili, San Antonio

2007 — Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix

2006 — Mike Miller, Memphis

2005 — Ben Gordon, Chicago

2004 — Antawn Jamison, Dallas

2003 — Bobby Jackson, Sacramento

2002 — Corliss Williamson, Detroit

2001 — Aaron McKie, Philadelphia

2000 — Rodney Rogers, Phoenix

1999 — Darrell Armstrong, Orlando

1998 — Danny Manning, Phoenix

1997 — John Starks, New York

1996 — Toni Kukoc, Chicago

1995 — Anthony Mason, New York

1994 — Dell Curry, Charlotte

1993 — Clifford Robinson, Portland

1992 — Detlef Schrempf, Indiana

1991 — Detlef Schrempf, Indiana

1990 — Ricky Pierce, Milwaukee

1989 — Eddie Johnson, Phoenix

1988 — Roy Tarpley, Dallas

1987 — Ricky Pierce, Milwaukee

1986 — Bill Walton, Boston

1985 — Kevin McHale, Boston

1984 — Kevin McHale, Boston

1983 — Bobby Jones, Philadelphia

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Crawford led the league’s reserve players in scoring this season, averaging 18.6 points. He came off the bench in 45 of 69 games he played in, helping the Clippers to a 57-25 record, their best regular-season mark in franchise history.

The Clippers had a 31-14 record when Crawford came off the bench this season. The Clippers and Oklahoma City are 1-1 in their Western Conference semifinal.

"I actually think he won it because I think voters saw him doing other things for the team — playing defense, running the team at the point guard position when Chris Paul was out at times," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said last week, when The Associated Press first reported that Crawford had won. "He’s been the perfect utility player for a team. He’s been awesome."

Crawford set the single-season franchise record for 3-pointers made with 161. That surpassed his record from last season, his first in Los Angeles, when he was runner-up for the Sixth Man award.

Crawford received 57 first-place votes and 421 total points from a panel of 125 sports writers and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada. He joined Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf as two-time winners.

Taj Gibson of Chicago finished second with 395 points and San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili was third with 138.

Crawford had his best month in January, scoring in double figures in 15 of 16 games and helping the Clippers go 12-4 that month.

On Jan. 25, he had 37 points and 11 assists in a win over Toronto — the most points he scored off the bench in his career and his most with the Clippers. It was the second time this season he had that many points and assists; he totaled those numbers against Sacramento on Nov. 29.

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Crawford missed 13 games in March and April because of injury.

The award sponsor, Kia, will donate a 2015 vehicle to a charity of Crawford’s choice.

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