Precious Achiuwa recorded his first double-double of the season in Toronto Raptor’s 98-90 win over the Miami Heat at the FXT Arena on Tuesday as he once again led a revenge campaign on the team that traded him in the 2021/22 season.
Achiuwa off the bench scored 10 points and recorded a career-high 22 rebounds as well as adding two assists in 34 minutes to help the Raptors record their second win of the season and avenge the 112-109 loss to the Heat on Sunday.
With his 22 rebounds in the game, Achiuwa became only the eighth NBA player to record 22 or more rebounds off the bench since 2000, joining Enes Freedom, Hassan Whiteside, J.J. Hickson, John Henson, Paul Millsap, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler.
The Nigerian also becomes the third joint player with the highest rebounds in Raptors history after Bismack Biyombo (25, 2016); Donyell Marshall (24, 2004); Jonas Valanciunas (23, 2017); Chris Bosh ( 22 x2, 2005, 2006) and Reggie Evans (22, 2010).
The 23-year-old who impressed the Raptors this season has been assured of another season with the Toronto-based franchise after the organisation picked up the fourth-year option for the Nigerian. Achiuwa will earn $4.38m from the Raptors in his third season in the league while the side would be hoping to tie him down to another contract extension after his fourth year.
Achiuwa averaged 9.1 points from 43.9% field goals and 35.9% from the three points line while contributing 6.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 73 games in his first season at the club.