Dwyane Wade thinks James Harden should have the ball for Nets late in games

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James Harden has been one of the best scorers in the league over the past few season, but there aren’t many who’d argue he’s better at that than Kevin Durant — who some view as the greatest pure scorer ever. Yet, if Dwyane Wade had any say in the matter, he’d put the ball in Harden’s hands at the end of games.

“I feel that who should have the ball late in games to really run offense should be James Harden and allow the other guys to be who they are — obviously, give them the ball in their spots to let them be great,” Wade said on NBA on TNT. “But James Harden should have the ball because he can do — I personally think he does a great job of getting everybody involved, and we know he can score 60 when he wants to.”

Candace Parker contest Wade’s point, calling Durant “the cheat code” — not “a” cheat code, “the” cheat code.

“So, from a bucket standpoint, if you [were] like go get me a bucket, yeah Kevin Durant,” Wade said. “Or you talk about late in games who’s going to have the ball late to make the play that you need to be made, I feel that I would go with James Harden. Not from a standpoint of I need a bucket, but I may need offense different than just a one-on-one pull-up shot. I need somebody who can create offense, can create movement, body movement by his ability to break down a defense, ability to create fouls late in games, so forth and so on.

“So for me, if it’s a bucket, give it a KD. But if it’s down the stretch, if I need somebody to control this thing for me, I want James Harden with the ball.”

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