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The Atlanta Hawks have unfortunately lost their last two playoff games against the Milwaukee Bucks, tying the series at 2-2, but the home team got a bit of good news today.

Although it was largely expected, Hawks guard Jamal Crawford was named the NBA’s sixth man of the year Tuesday afternoon. Among all NBA players who didn’t start a game this season, Crawford led the league in scoring at 18.0 points per game.

Crawford, acquired in a trade with Golden State last summer for Speedy Claxton and Acie Law IV, gave the Hawks scoring punch off the bench that they had previously lacked.

Crawford led the team in scoring 27 times this season and proved a high-caliber finisher.

“Without him, a lot of games, we probably wouldn’t have won,” guard Joe Johnson said. “I’m very thankful for him.”

Crawford won with 580 points, earning 110 out of 122 first-place votes.