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In the high-stakes moments of an NBA game, certain players shine brighter than others, earning reputations as clutch performers.

As the final minutes tick away, teams rely on these athletes to deliver game-changing plays., using statistics from StatMuse, has delved into the statistics to identify the top performers in the fourth quarter, highlighting the players who excel when the pressure is on.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads PPG in the Fourth Quarter

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks superstar, emerges as the leader in points per game (PPG) during the fourth quarter of games this season. With an average of 8.1 points, the Greek Freak showcases his dominance when the game is on the line.

Following closely behind are familiar faces like LeBron James and De’Aaron Fox, contributing significantly to their respective teams’ late-game efforts.

Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL548.1
LeBron JamesLAL507.9
De’Aaron FoxSAC537.8
Trae YoungATL507.7
Anfernee SimonsPOR327.5
Stephen CurryGSW557.4
Kevin DurantPHX557.3
Luka DoncicDAL537.2
LaMelo BallCHA217.1
Donovan MitchellCLE447.1

Jalen Williams and Norman Powell: Sharpshooters in the Fourth Quarter

When it comes to precision from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter, Jalen Williams of the Oklahoma City Thunder stands out. With an impressive 3-point shooting percentage of 55.7%, Williams demonstrates remarkable accuracy, rivaling even the legendary Steph Curry.

Norman Powell of the Los Angeles Clippers also earns recognition for his sharpshooting prowess, joining Williams as one of the few players in the NBA to maintain a 3-point percentage above 50% in the final quarter.

Jalen WilliamsOKC530.61.255.7
Norman PowellLAC580.81.652.1
LaMelo BallCHA211.22.648.1
Lauri MarkkanenUTA460.9247.8
Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderOKC570.30.644.4
Desmond BaneMEM330.81.842.6
Paul GeorgeLAC510.92.142.6
Coby WhiteCHI620.71.842.2
Devin VassellSAS540.71.741.9
Jerami GrantPOR430.51.241.5

Giannis Antetokounmpo: Most Accurate Scorer

Not only does Antetokounmpo lead in points per game, but he also boasts the highest field goal percentage (FG%) in the fourth quarter. With an astounding FG% of 59.2%, the Bucks superstar showcases both efficiency and effectiveness when it matters most.

Joining him at the top of the list is a fellow two-time MVP Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, solidifying his reputation as one of the most skilled scorers in clutch situations.

Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL542.74.559.2
Nikola JokicDEN532.13.758.2
Zion WilliamsonNOP482.23.857.6
Jalen WilliamsOKC532.74.757.4
Dexter DennisDAL32.74.757.1
Norman PowellLAC581.93.356.8
Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderOKC571.83.256
Desmond BaneMEM332.34.353.9
Scottie BarnesTOR582.24.253.5
Lauri MarkkanenUTA461.93.553.1

Wembanyama Dominates Defensive End

Victor Wembanyama, the rising star of the San Antonio Spurs, emerges as the leader in blocks per fourth quarter. Despite his team’s challenges, Wembanyama showcases his defensive prowess with an average of 1 block per game in the final period.

Alongside him, players like Scottie Barnes of the Toronto Raptors and Kevin Durant of the Phoenix Suns make significant contributions on the defensive end, protecting the rim with their shot-blocking abilities.

Victor WembanyamaSAS551
Scottie BarnesTOR580.4
Kevin DurantPHX550.4
Jaren Jackson Jr.MEM500.4
Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL540.3
Bam AdebayoMIA510.3
DeMar DeRozanCHI600.3
Ja MorantMEM90.3
Dexter DennisDAL30.3
Luka DoncicDAL530.2
LeBron JamesLAL500.2

LaMelo Ball: The Steal Master

LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets takes the spotlight for steals per fourth quarter, displaying his knack for disrupting opponents’ offensive plays. With an average of 0.6 steals, Ball showcases his defensive instincts, often turning defense into offense for his team.

Notable names like Scottie Barnes and Giannis Antetokounmpo also make appearances among the top steal leaders, showcasing their versatility on both ends of the court.

Bam Adebayo: Rebounding Royalty

Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat asserts his dominance in the rebounding department during the fourth quarter, averaging three rebounds per game. His tenacity on the boards provides his team with crucial second-chance opportunities, contributing to their late-game success.

Alongside Adebayo, players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Victor Wembanyama showcase their prowess on the glass, solidifying their roles as elite rebounders in clutch situations.

Bam AdebayoMIA513
Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL542.7
Victor WembanyamaSAS552.7
Scottie BarnesTOR582.5
Nikola JokicDEN532.2
Lauri MarkkanenUTA462.1
Dexter DennisDAL32
Alperen SengunHOU512
LeBron JamesLAL501.9
Luka DoncicDAL531.9

Trae Young: Master Facilitator

When it comes to playmaking in the fourth quarter, Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks leads the pack in assists per game (APG). With an average of 2.5 assists, Young showcases his ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates, serving as a facilitator during critical moments of the game.

LaMelo Ball and Ja Morant also make significant contributions in distributing the ball, demonstrating their ability to orchestrate their team’s offense when it matters most.

Trae YoungATL9.52.5
LaMelo BallCHA8.52.4
Ja MorantMEM9.42.4
Tyrese HaliburtonIND7.32.3
LeBron JamesLAL9.62.1
Luka DoncicDAL8.42.1
Cade CunninghamDET8.71.7
Terry RozierTOT8.51.7
Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL8.81.6
Khris MiddletonMIL9.51.6

LeBron James and Trae Young: Turnover Troubles

While LeBron James and Trae Young rank among the most productive players in the fourth quarter, they also top the league in turnovers per game (TPG).

Despite their offensive prowess, these players occasionally struggle with ball security, highlighting the fine line between risk-taking and turnovers in clutch situations.

LeBron JamesLAL1
Trae YoungATL1
Dexter DennisDAL1
Kevin DurantPHX0.9
LaMelo BallCHA0.9
Victor WembanyamaSAS0.9
Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL0.8
Anfernee SimonsPOR0.8
Stephen CurryGSW0.8
Donovan MitchellCLE0.8