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James Harden named top reserve

Updated: May 10, 2012, 7:56 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- For James Harden, the notion that he could impact a game just as much off the bench as he would from the starting lineup didn't really click until he was forced to test it out.

When the Oklahoma City Thunder traded starters Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic to Boston in the middle of last season, it put Harden in a bigger role -- even if he still was the first player off the bench.

In his first season fully understanding the role, Harden won the NBA's Sixth Man of ...

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