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Knicks’ J.R. Smith wins NBA Sixth Man award

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, right, drives past Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, right, drives past Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.

Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Clippers’ Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes.

Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying Crawford for the NBA lead.

Smith helped the Knicks win the Atlantic Division title for the first time since 1994. New York is the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and leads the Boston Celtics 1-0 in their first-round playoff series.

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