Game Grades: OKC Thunder can't find their rhythm in loss to Lakers

OKC Thunder struggles to get into gear against the L.A. Lakers in a loss on the front end of the back-to-back.

Jan 15, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2)
Jan 15, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Grading the best OKC Thunder bench player:

Cason Wallace, G, OKC Thunder: B-

Like most players off the bench for the Thunder, Wallace struggled to give the team a scoring punch. With just five points, he was only one point shy of the Thunder’s leading bench scorer.

However, the rookie was great for the Thunder’s defense on Monday. With two steals and one block, Wallace showed off his ability as an elite defender.

One of his plays that stuck out was breaking up an alley-oop to LeBron James on one end, then finishing off a transition opportunity with a layup. 

Grading the best Laker:

Anthony Davis, C, Los Angeles Lakers: A

The Lakers always seem to go as far as Davis can take them, and he took them to a win against the Thunder.

With 27 points, Davis was the game’s leading scorer and was able to dominate Oklahoma City on the interior. There was no better example than when he threw down a powerful two-handed slam on Holmgren.

In getting those 27 points, he finished 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. Despite Holmgren’s best efforts, Davis grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out five assists and had two steals to prove he is one of the league’s best down low.

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