In Toronto's win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, Pascal Siakam led the Raptors to victory with 44 points and 10 rebounds, doing so on 17-for-28 shooting from the field.
In the process, Siakam joined DeMar DeRozan, Chris Bosh and Vince Carter as the only players in Raptors history with multiple 40-point, 10-rebound games.
Pascal Siakam joins Chris Bosh, Vince Carter and DeMar DeRozan as the only players in @Raptors history with multiple games with 40 Pts and 10 Reb 💪 pic.twitter.com/dyT4XucCkf- NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 9, 2019
According to Basketball Reference, Bosh had five such games during his time with the Raptors, the most in franchise history. Carter, DeRozan and now Siakam have two each.
Siakam's first 40-10 game came last season, when he scored 44 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a win over the Washington Wizards. Former Raptor Kawhi Leonard missed that game with a sore knee.
"I think I just have more energy," Siakam said following Friday's performance. "I think that's my first game all year where I felt like I had energy, I was engaged. I got to have more of those type of games where I'm just engaged. It doesn't matter the score or how many points I score. I just got to be engaged on both sides of the floor."
Siakam is now averaging career-highs across the board with 27.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game to start this season. The Raptors might need Siakam to take his game to an even higher level if Kyle Lowry (thumb) or Serge Ibaka (ankle), both of whom went down with injuries against the Pelicans, miss extended time.
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