Game Grades: OKC Thunder stars shine to snap Clippers’ nine-game winning

The OKC Thunder are able to snap the L.A. Clippers winning streak with solid play from the starting five.

Dec 21, 2023; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2)
Dec 21, 2023; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) / Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
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Grading the OKC Thunder bench:

Aaron Wiggins, G, OKC Thunder: A

Good things always seem to happen with Wiggins on the floor. The wing went for eight points on 3-of-6 shooting, including a 3-pointer that gave Oklahoma City its largest lead of the first half at 14.

He was also a significant contributor on the glass, grabbing eight rebounds. 

Isaiah Joe, G, OKC Thunder: B

Joe flipped momentum with a corner three to end the first quarter as the Clippers made their first run. That was one of his three makes from that range.

Joe’s improvement defensively also continued to show, tallying a block for just the 10th time this season.

Cason Wallace, G, OKC Thunder: C+

The rookie guard did not have the touch from outside but still made a positive impact. Wallace knocked down a mid-range jumper and dished out three assists.

He also helped Oklahoma City guard opposing stars. That included James Harden, who he blocked on a layup alongside Gilgeous-Alexander.

If Giddey misses any extended time, expect Wallace to step into that role just as he has for other injured starters this season and in the second half on Thursday.

Kenrich Williams, F, OKC Thunder: B

Williams did just a little bit of everything to put his imprint on the game. He finished with five points, two rebounds and three assists.

He also helped the Thunder’s defense, getting a couple of steals and being near just about every loose ball when he was on the floor.

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