Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam returned from a 10-game absence with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the team’s 100-88 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday evening.

Siakam had been out for over three weeks after sustaining a right adductor strain in Dallas on November 4. Prior to his injury, the 28-year-old Cameroon native was leading the team in points (24.8), rebounds (9.3) and assists (7.7).

Toronto head coach Nick Nurse was thrilled to see his All-Star back in the lineup.

“Looked like he hadn’t missed a beat,” said Nurse in the post-game press conference. “He was confident in getting to his spots, I like the way he played on both ends. ”

Siakam played 31 minutes and was an instrumental part of the defence that held Cleveland to a season-low 88 points on 38 percent shooting from the field. Entering the game, the Raptors were ranked 27th in the league by allowing opponents to shoot at a 48 percent clip.

Raptors forward O.G. Anunoby led the game with 20 points after netting a season-best four three-pointers.

With the win, Toronto improves to 11-9 on the season and 8-2 at home. Enditem.

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