Thursday, March 31, 2022 3:28 PM | CBN
Wednesday night’s Toronto Raptors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves matchup saw Pascal Siakam finish with 12 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 13 assists marking his second career triple-double.
The Raptors took down Minnesota 125-102, also with help from Gary Trent who scored 29 points, OG Anunoby who scored 22, Scottie Barnes who added 17 and Precious Achiuwa who added 13.
Fred VanVleet also scored 12 points with Thad Young adding 10.
Toronto impressively overcame a 17-point second-quarter deficit to finish with a 4-0 homestand. The team is now two games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers for sixth place in the Eastern Conference following Cleveland’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Siakam told reporters that he enjoyed dishing out the assists. “Every time down the floor everyone was open”, he said.
The 27-year-old power forward had six turnovers in Wednesday’s game, along with failing to score 20 points for the first time in six contests. He also made just five of 15 field goal attempts.
“He brings a certain amount of attention to him”, said teammate Trent of Siakam. “He did a great job of facilitating, finding everybody tonight and getting guys open shots.
“Great talent, great player. I'm glad he’s on our team.”
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch, who is formerly a Toronto assistant, also shared some words of praise regarding “Spicy P”, referring to him as super dynamic.
“He’s playing really, really good basketball and he’s a big reason why they’ve won 10 of 12”, Finch commented.
For Minnesota, Karl-Anthony Towns had 16 points along with 10 rebounds, with Anthony Edward scoring 24 points.
“These games ain’t going to get any easier” said Towns. “It’s going to get much, much harder.”
This was the Timberwolves’ fourth loss in five games. “Things are tough right now”, said Finch. “We’ve got to plow through them.”
The Raptors go on to face the Orlando Magic on Friday, while the Timberwolves will matchup against the Denver Nuggets.