Graphic: Kobe and Durant in the clutch

May, 21, 2012
Kobe BryantKevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesKobe Bryant and Kevin Durant play big roles for their teams in late-game situations.
Is Kobe Bryant the king of clutch in the NBA? Or even this series?

The former topic has been dissected at length by TrueHoop's Henry Abbott, and in many other forums, over many years.

The latter, meanwhile, can be seen in the following graphic, one whose findings -- from ESPN Stats & Info,, Elias Sports Bureau and -- show that, with Bryant scrapping to save the Los Angeles Lakers' season Monday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, opponent Kevin Durant seems to have surpassed him, at least in a small, recent sample.

ClutchKurt Snibbe/ESPN.comTBD
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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