Precious Achiuwa recorded his second consecutive double-double to help the Toronto Raptors to an impressive 125-116 win over the New York Knicks on Monday at the Scotiabank Arena, ending a three-game losing streak.
D’Tigers forward scored 12 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and one assist in his second consecutive start for the Canada-based NBA franchise necessitated by a right ankle soreness to starter, OG Anunoby.
Raptors coach, Nick Nurse, has hailed the gritty performance of the players to grind out the win including Achiuwa who had a good defensive display, “It was great,” coach Nick Nurse said of his team’s hot fourth-quarter start. “That was a long stretch for those guys and I think they were working really hard. They did a great job on the glass at both ends. Lots of offensive rebounds, no offensive rebounds for them. And hey we’re in a really good groove.
“Gary was providing offence, Scottie was providing offence, like those two guys should. Chris and Precious were cleaning up any misses. It was a heck of a long stretch for those guys.”
Achiuwa had also scored a double-double in his previous start against the Boston Celtics recording 17 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in a 106-104 loss on January 21.