OKC Thunder win a close one against the Suns in Phoenix: grades

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JANUARY 04: Danilo Gallinari #8 talks with head coach Billy Donovan of the OKC Thunder during the second half (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CHRIS PAUL

PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

A

After a slow start, CP3 put in a vintage performance to silence the Suns crowd tonight. Chris Paul scored 20 points, dished 10 assists and even added 3 steals to his totals. He is a deserving All-Star and played like it tonight, he has earned it this year by being the leader of this fun and exciting team.

SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER

G/F, Oklahoma City Thunder

B

Shai had a tough time finding his shot tonight but overall played a solid game. He scored 12 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and had 4 assists. He shot the ball poorly, but he showed the aggressiveness that his taken his game to higher levels so far this season.

LU DORT

PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

B

Another solid night for the surprising rookie Lu Dort tonight. In his return to Arizona, Dort played hard nosed defense and scored eight points before sitting a lot of the game due to foul trouble. The OKC Thunder have only lost one game when he starts – –  just saying.

DANILO GALLINARI

PF, Oklahoma City Thunder

A-

Fantastic game from Danilo Gallinari tonight. He scored a team-high 27 points and routinely scored the ball at will against the Suns. He is by far the OKC Thunder’s most impressive offensive player.

STEVEN ADAMS

C, Oklahoma City Thunder

B-

So-so game tonight from Steven Adams. He was plagued with foul trouble all evening and never really got into a rhythm throughout the match. The big kiwi scored eight points on the evening for the OKC Thunder.

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