Siakam Shines


Siakam’s Season-High 32 Points Leads Raptors to Blow Out Win Over Kings

The Toronto Raptors needed this.

Losers of five of their previous six games, the Raptors have been looking to find any sort of answer in hopes of getting their first win on what has been a tough road trip. The Raptors received that answer on Friday night in the form of Pascal Siakam.

Siakam scored a season-high 32 points on an incredibly efficient 10-for-12 shooting night to help lead Toronto to a 108-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings. The Raptors star also grabbed eight boards and finished the night with a +19 net rating – a much needed strong performance after the struggles he endured the night prior against the Utah Jazz.

“It’s tough,” Siakam said, commenting on the difficulties of working back to game shape mid-season. “Like last game I felt like I was running in mud the whole game. It feels like it’s been 30 games but it’s only like game six or something for me? So it’s tough. And I knew that coming in and again it’s just waking up every day, continuing to just push forward, knowing that it’s going to be tough. But once I get that rhythm and my legs under me I know what I can do on the floor and I think I have to focus on that and make sure that my head is straight, kinda like tunnel vision, just looking one way and continuing just to go forward.”

Siakam only mustered up four points on 2-for-14 shooting on Thursday night against the Jazz. His ability to respond immediately on the second night of a back-to-back is a testament to his character.

“I think I always say I’m super tough on myself just because I know the amount of work I put in and sometimes I can be over-analyzing things and I think over the years just learning, understanding, just talking to guys that have been doing it at a high level, one of the things that they always say is just that short memory [is key],” said Siakam. “Just stay focused, continue to move forward, and just flush it out.”

Outside of Siakam, Gary Trent Jr. put together yet another great game,  scoring 23 points in the win. Fred VanVleet added 13 points while Khem Birch scored 10 points and grabbed nine boards in the start. Chris Boucher added 10 points and 12 boards off the bench.

Next up for the Raptors is yet another big test as they take on the powerhouse Golden State Warriors.


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