TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam keeps telling teammate OG Anunoby to improve his offense output by thinking less on the court.
Anunoby must not have thought much during Monday's game against Minnesota.
Anunoby scored a career-high 25 points and matched his career best with 12 rebounds, Kyle Lowry had 27 points and 11 assists, and the Raptors extended their franchise-record winning streak to 15 by beating the Timberwolves 137-126.
"Most of the time you can kind of see that he's thinking too much and he's not just playing freely," Siakam said of Anunoby. "Every time he just goes out and plays — once you're open shoot it, you're not open drive it — he always has a good game.
"You've got to keep it simple, and he did tonight."
Anunoby connected on 10-of-13 attempts, going 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and picked up his fifth double-double of the season.
Toronto is 4-0 when Anunoby scores 20 or more.
"I thought his decisions were really, really good tonight," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.
This was the first 20-point, 10-rebound game of Anunoby's career. Anunoby scored 16 points in the third on 6-of-7 shooting.
Siakam scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had a season-high 21 and Fred VanVleet added 16 as the Raptors won their 16th straight home meeting with Minnesota.