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Knicks' J.R. Smith voted Sixth Man Award

April 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM
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NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- J.R. Smith, a reserve guard for the New York Knicks, has been voted the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award, the league said Monday.

Smith, 27, averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds a game while coming off the bench in all 80 games he appeared in this season.

Smith is in his ninth season in the NBA and led all non-starters in scoring average and 30-point games (seven). He was second on the Knicks only to Carmello Anthony in scoring average this season.

He helped New York to a 54-28 record and No. 2-seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Smith was listed first on 72 of the 121 ballots and totaled 484 points. Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, with 31 first-place mentions and 352 points, was second and Golden State guard Jarrett Jack was third with 14 first-place votes and 170 points.

The award is determined in a vote by writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the NBA.

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