Valanciunas Ties Raptors Playoff Record for Double-Doubles

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) reacts after getting fouled during first half NBA playoff basketball action against the Milwaukee Bucks, in Toronto on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Something about the playoffs brings out the best in Jonas Valanciunas.

The Raptors center made franchise history when he finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Game 2 of Toronto’s playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks. He now has 11 double-doubles in his post-season career which ties him with Antonio Davis for the most in franchise playoff history.

The 24-year-old was able to attain the record in just 22 minutes of action.

Though it took the Lithuanian native 25 post-season games to achieve the mark compared to just 17 for Davis, it’s a stark contrast to what we’ve seen in the regular season. Consider this, JV has recorded a double-double in 30 percent of his regular season contests (107 in 363 career games). Whereas in the playoffs, Valanciunas is able to reach double-digits in points and rebounds 44 percent of the time.

Perhaps the post-season’s slower pace and physicality are conducive for the Raps big man to thrive and they’ll need his best in the remaining games of their first-round series.