Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads OKC Thunder to 108-94 win over Clippers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the OKC Thunder (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the OKC Thunder (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images) /
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Mike Muscala #33 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

Best Player off the bench

A+. . C. Oklahoma City Thunder. MIKE MUSCALA

Mike Muscala does everything you need a veteran to do – inspire and keep the young players focused, play hard, hustle, and do a bit of everything. Typically, the big man is a 3PT marksman but last night, he made all his shots from inside the arc. He adds a calm tonality to a team filled with super young prospects who, at times, lose themselves in the moment. Muscala is great for adding leadership on and off the floor.

In just 18 minutes, Muscala put up eight points (4-5 from the field), 10 rebounds, two assists, and one block.

. SG. Oklahoma City Thunder. LUKE KENNARD. A

Luke Kennard kept the Clippers in the game with his crazy shot-making, especially from distance. He is a true sniper from the outside and will punish defenders if they give him an ounce of space. The lefty is a tough cover given he is also a movement shooter and without him, this game would’ve been an even bigger blowout. Kennard kept the team in touch but no one else came along for the ride. He was great for the visitors.

He finished with 15 points (6-13 from the field, 3-7 from the), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 29 minutes.

Final Thoughts

The OKC Thunder played a solid game throughout and the clear difference was Gilgeous-Alexander. He was the best player by far on the floor and there was nothing the Clippers could do without their two stars, Leonard and George. Oklahoma City also had great performances from Mann and Wiggins to effectively keep the visitors at bay.

Oklahoma City and the Clippers play again Thursday night.

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