Game Grades: OKC Thunder dominate against West's top seed

The Oklahoma City Thunder earned an impressive win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Dec 26, 2023; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2)
Dec 26, 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:

Isaiah Joe, G, OKC Thunder: A

The Thunder’s sharpshooting sixth man did much more than just shoot against the Timberwolves.

Joe ended with eight points, two rebounds and two assists. His two first-quarter threes helped the Thunder get out to an early lead.

Defensively, Joe was everywhere. His improvement on that end continues to grow each game, as he was a clear positive for the Thunder over there.

Kenrich Williams, F, OKC Thunder: B+

Against a team that plays three good centers, Williams came in clutch for the Thunder as a small-ball five.

Williams finished the night with six points, nailing a couple of 3-pointers. He also added three rebounds, two assists and a steal to help Oklahoma City get the win.

Vasilije Micic, G, OKC Thunder: B

It was undoubtedly a risk to throw Micic on the floor against the league’s best defense, but it paid off for Mark Daigneault.

Micic finished with four assists and did well at running the bench unit. Considering how he did in this game, more minutes could be in his future.

Cason Wallace, G, OKC Thunder: B-

Wallace finished with five points and a couple of steals. Defensively, he was a solid contributor and held his own despite the height disadvantage he faced most of the night.

If the rookie could have nailed another outside shot or two, he could have got the crowd to erupt.

Aaron Wiggins, G, OKC Thunder: C-

It was not the best night for Wiggins against the Timberwolves. He struggled to have his usual boost but still grabbed five rebounds and scored three points.

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