Game Grades: SGA leads OKC Thunder over Bulls for sixth-straight win

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Paycom Center (Photo by Joshua Gateley/Getty Images)
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Grading the OKC Thunder bench:

A. . G. Oklahoma City Thunder. ISAIAH JOE

The Thunder’s play-by-play guy, Chris Fisher, sounded perplexed after Isaiah Joe missed his first shot of the night. It took Joe 10 seconds after to knock down a 3-pointer.

Joe finished the night with five makes from beyond the arc, as he was the Thunder’s second-leading scorer at 20 points. His biggest play of the night was, unsurprisingly, a deep shot.

As the clock hit two minutes, Joe fired a 3-pointer and was hit as the shot went in. Joe completed the four-point play at the foul line and pushed Oklahoma City’s lead to double digits as time wound down.

Just before halftime, Joe made a great defensive play when he stripped Coby White on a transition layup to give the Thunder the ball back.

. F. Oklahoma City Thunder. KENRICH WILLIAMS. A

Kenrich Williams had a big night from beyond the arc. Oklahoma City’s glue guy went 3-of-3 from outside after making just two 3-pointers combined in his first four games.

Williams used those makes to propel him to 13 points, a new season-high. An oddly poor free-throw shooter, Williams missed both of his attempts.

Williams also pulled down five rebounds, one of four OKC Thunder players to hit that mark as they controlled the glass against the Bulls.

B+. . F. Oklahoma City Thunder. JAYLIN WILLIAMS

Jaylin Williams scored zero points and didn’t get any assists, but he made a big difference on the scoreboard. Williams did what he does best: draw charges.

Near the end of the third quarter, Williams drew charges from Torrey Craig and Ayo Dosunmu to take away potential layups and free throws. He also grabbed four rebounds, playing his role well to sop up minutes while Holmgren rested.

. G. Oklahoma City Thunder. AARON WIGGINS. B

Aaron Wiggins finished with a perfect night shooting, but it could have been better. Wiggins got fouled on a potential poster jam and narrowly missed the finish.

Aside from that, Wiggins played his role well. With more performances like Wednesday’s, Wiggins could cement his spot in the rotation.

Oklahoma City Thunder. VASILIJE MICIC. D+. . G

Vasilije Micic’s adjustment to the NBA is still a work in progress. While he should eventually come into his own in the league, it has not happened yet.

Micic missed all three attempts from 3-point range, with his only basket coming on a wide-open layup on the fast break.

C. . G. Oklahoma City Thunder. LINDY WATERS III

Lindy Waters III played limited minutes but did so in the first quarter before leaving with an injury. Waters played solid defense and made an extra pass to Wallace for a 3-pointer in the corner.

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