Game Grades: OKC Thunder survive a thriller in Dallas

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Grading the OKC Thunder bench:

Isaiah Joe, G, OKC Thunder: B

It may only be a matter of time until Joe makes his way into the starting lineup. It may not have been his best shooting night, but Joe’s impact was vital.

He shot 2-of-5 from 3-point range and finished with seven rebounds, the most outside of Holmgren. Joe also played 25 minutes in another showing of the Thunder's trust in him.

Cason Wallace, G, OKC Thunder: A+

Sure, his stat sheet was not perfect, but Saturday’s game showed the Thunder may have a young star in Wallace.

Wallace finished with 15 points to set a new career-high, shooting 6-of-12. Yet, his most impressive play came on the other end.

The fearless rookie spent many possessions matched up with Doncic and held his own. That was particularly helpful after Dort got in early foul trouble.

Davis Bertans, F, OKC Thunder: A

Bertans had maybe his most productive minutes since the Thunder traded for him over the offseason. To begin his stint, the sharpshooter was fouled on a 3-pointer and knocked down all his free throws.

Bertans nailed his next two shots from beyond the arc for nine first-half points. He had another similar stretch in the second half to finish with 15 points on only three shot attempts.

Jaylin Williams, F, OKC Thunder: A-

Boom. Williams had plenty of those in Dallas.

The second-year player went for four 3-pointers, all coming in the first half, as the Thunder built up a hefty lead before halftime. Williams finished with 14 points and was one of eight Thunder players to score at least 10.

Kenrich Williams, F, OKC Thunder: B-

After having his high school jersey retired, Williams had a solid night in Dallas. He scored five points, including a 3-pointer, before disaster hit that put the Thunder up 111-87.

Williams grabbed six rebounds, including three offensive, to help Oklahoma City end with a tie in the rebounding battle.

Aaron Wiggins, G, OKC Thunder: C+

Wiggins' stat sheet is about as barren as it gets. He missed his only shot and did not record another stat in nearly 10 minutes, even finishing with a plus-minus of zero.

However, he played active defense and came up with a deflection or two to help out the Thunder on that end.

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