Game Grades: Big runs help OKC Thunder salvage road trip

OKC Thunder make key adjustments in win over Miami Heat

Jan 10, 2024; Miami, Florida, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jalen Williams (8) drives to the
Jan 10, 2024; Miami, Florida, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jalen Williams (8) drives to the / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
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Grading the OKC Thunder’s best bench performer:

Cason Wallace, G, OKC Thunder: A

Wallace got the call to start the third quarter, and he wasted no time before making an impact. Immediately out of halftime, the rookie nailed a 3-pointer.

While the rest of his stats are nothing eye-catching, it is a testament to his abilities that the Thunder already trust him so much. Of course, he’s started a few games this season with regular starters suffering injuries.

But making a change at the start of the second half is not something that Mark Daigneault has done much, particularly this season. Wallace finished the game with eight points, two rebounds and an assist.

Grading the best Heat player:

Bam Adebayo, C, Miami Heat: A

Without Jimmy Butler, the Heat relied on their other star player, and he delivered.

Against the Thunder, Adebayo put up 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting. While scoring is not his main strength, he still finished as the Heat’s leading scorer.

Of course, defense is where he makes his mark, and he was a solid force on the interior for Miami. He finished with two blocks, including one that resulted in a Dort corner three on a second-chance opportunity.

Along with his defense, he brought down 11 rebounds to finish as the game’s leading rebounder.

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