Grading the OKC Thunder's best bench performer:
Jaylin Williams, F, OKC Thunder: B
Williams was an essential piece off the bench for the Thunder on both ends. Along with his usual ability to draw offensive fouls, Williams knocked down a shot from beyond the arc.
That was his only score of the night, but his effort on the glass was a vital contribution to Oklahoma City’s bench. Along with six rebounds, the big man showed his playmaking and dished out three assists.
In helping sop up 15 minutes with Holmgren on the bench, the Arkansas product finished with a plus-minus of +7, the second-best on the team.
Grading the best King:
De’Aaron Fox, G, Sacramento Kings: A
The Thunder had no answer for the Kings’ All-Star throughout the night. Fox scored 41 points on 61% shooting to lead his team to a victory.
Continually getting into the paint against Oklahoma City, Fox got to the foul line for 11 free throw attempts, making eight. But his big shooting explosion came from outside, where he nailed five 3-pointers.
His most impactful came as the Kings had the Thunder on the ropes at the end of the third quarter when he nailed a contested pull-up three at the buzzer. That shot put the Kings up eight, and while the Thunder were in it until the end, it felt like Fox had taken complete control of the game.