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Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford runs away with NBA's sixth-man award

April 27, 2010 |  2:00 pm

Crawford_300 Earlier this season, Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford accepted a backup role for the first time in his career. Now he will be accepting something else -- the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award.

Crawford won the honor Tuesday after earning 580 of a possible 610 points, including 110 out of 122 first-place votes. He averaged 18 points a game in 31.1 minutes off the bench, shooting 44.9% from the field.

The Hawks won 53 games and earned the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Crawford, playing for his fourth NBA team, is making the first playoff run of his 10-season career.

"You have to check your ego at the door," said Crawford, who was usually on the floor at the end of the game. "It's all about winning. You do what you've got to do."

Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks finished second with 220 points, and Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers was third with 126 points.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Jamal Crawford, left, gets by San Antonio Spurs guard George Hill in March. Credit: John Amis / Associated Press.