Even Without Starting Players, the Thunder Have the NBA's Top Five-Man Lineup. 

 The starters for Oklahoma City have been highly skilled.  

 Top to bottom, the team has been excellent.  

 Oklahoma City is a half game behind No. 1 in the Western Conference, and most bench players have played in huge games.  

 Every regular season experience matters in the postseason for this battle-tested team.  

 While the starters and bench have been terrific, the team's greatest lineup comes late in games.  

 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Isaiah Joe, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, and Chet Holmgren are the Thunder's most dangerous and NBA-best lineup.  

 In search of a spark, Mark Daigneault started the half with that group on Thursday night.  

 The lineup ranks first among NBA five-man lineups with at least 150 possessions with a +40.8 net rating across 169 possessions.  

 They play quickly, clever, and have great chemistry.  

 This data reinforces Gilgeous-Alexander's best performance with Isaiah Joe in the lineup.   

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