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Big Nights from VanVleet, Siakam Spoil Valanciunas’ Homecoming

The Toronto Raptors are climbing and are ruining homecomings in the process.

As the Raptors pushed their win streak to six games on Sunday evening, they welcomed former big man Jonas Valanciunas, who spent seven seasons with the franchise before being traded for Marc Gasol back in 2019. Valanciunas amassed 20 points and 17 rebounds in his Toronto return, but it was ultimately not enough as the Raptors outlasted the New Orleans Pelicans by a score of 105-101.

“I do miss it,” Valanciunas said after the game. “That was a moment, now it’s memories. Nobody can change those things, [but] I do miss it. It was really good to see familiar faces. I have only love for the guys I’ve been with so it was great to see everybody.”

Meanwhile, the Raptors are playing their best basketball of the season, specifically Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam. The Raptors star duo had themselves a night, as VanVleet led all scores with 32 points, picking up yet another 30-point performance, while Siakam pitched in with 29 points, 10 rebounds and came three assists shy of a triple-double.

“Man, he took Kyle Lowry‘s spot now,” said Valanciunas, commenting on VanVleet’s recent hot streak. “He’s a captain, a court captain. I think he’s playing at an all-star level. He’s proved that he can be a leader on the court and off the court.”

The Raptors will be in for a challenge on Tuesday night if they hope to keep their streak alive as they will take on the Western Conference powerhouse Phoenix Suns. That being said, this will be an ideal measuring stick matchup for a team starting to make a legitimate playoff push.

Let’s keep the momentum going!

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