How the Raptors have improved since the season began. Recovering pieces and joining others, the Canadians are beginning to be that recognizable team that stands up to anyone. Last night, visiting Milwaukee, they not only did that, but they won with an uncontested Pascal Siakam.
The Toronto power forward brought out all his talent to sign a triple-double of 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists that marked the way for the Canadians, who far from being overtaken by the good start of the Bucks, knew how to come back and set the pace of the last minutes until the final 96-103.
“I just try to go out every night with the same intensity and the same energy. Tonight I think we all played well. We were flowing, moving the ball and just playing our basketball,” says the Cameroonian Raptors player.
Siakam was great, but it’s obvious that to win in Wisconsin the Raptors needed more. Precious Achiuwa had one of his best games of the season with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds to which he added three blocks, OG Anunoby had 24 points and Fred VanVleet contributed 17 points and 7 assists for Toronto, which with the Last night adds five consecutive wins against Milwaukee.
“I think it shows our potential. We are one of those teams that I feel like they can compete with anyone when we are at our best. And when we are not, we continue to fight. The challenge is to be consistent, to raise the bar and not to have bad nights so bad,” says VanVleet.
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