Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus, there's no correlation between experience and performance in tight contests.The Magic are one of the youngest teams in the NBA and their top player is a 23-year-old, but that hasn't stopped them from being one of the best teams in the NBA during close games. That's because, according to
In close games this season... Dallas 11-3, .786 Orlando 10-3, .769 Miami 13-4, .765 San Antonio 14-6, .700 New Orleans 10-5, .667The article takes eight years of statistics into account, and found that the older teams aren't necessarily better in the clutch. There was, however, a strong correlation between teams that win close games and teams that win the most games. So, the better teams tend to win the close games.