Grading the best OKC Thunder bench performer:
Kenrich Williams, F, OKC Thunder: B+
Williams came off the bench and made an instant impact early. With the rowdy crowd behind him, he nailed a couple of 3-pointers shortly after checking into the game.
That started his night on the way to 11 points and five assists. Williams added a steal and block, but that was not his only contribution defensively.
Williams got the tough task of guarding Anthony Davis and held his own. But at just 6-foot-6, he could only do so much.
Grading the best Laker:
LeBron James, F, Los Angeles Lakers: A+
The King won his first championship against the Thunder and broke the all-time scoring record against them. In summary, he likes seeing the Thunder on the other side.
James put up a spectacular 40-point performance in his second appearance in Oklahoma City this season. Some deep threes, a lob to Anthony Davis and more helped him build and keep a Lakers lead.
His fourth quarter was what put the game away. He blocked Lu Dort’s layup along the baseline, nailed a couple of 3-pointers and had a dagger and-one in the final five minutes alone.
James finished with 40 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as he led the Lakers into Christmas with a win. He also added two steals and two blocks while shooting 13-of-20 from the field.