Montreal's Bennedict Mathurin shone in the Pacers' 116-110 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, helping the Indiana team put an end to a seven-game losing streak.
Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle recently called Mathurin the “best bench player in the NBA” to explain why he didn't prefer employ the 20-year-old athlete in his starting five.
Leader among the “sixth men” of the Silver circuit with 769 points, Mathurin certainly proves him right these days.
In the duel of the day, the native of Montreal North tied a personal best by collecting 26 points. He made 10 of 17 two-point shots, in addition to amassing seven rebounds and two assists.
The Pacers came back up the slope after a laborious start. Trailing 33-21 after a quarter and 62-46 at halftime, they dominated the second half to save themselves with the victory.
Besides Mathurin, Myles Turner also had a good game, with 26 points. Carlisle's most-used player, T.J. McConnell, meanwhile, completed a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists.
The Bulls' troubles continued down the road as they won just nine of their 24 matchups circumstances this season. Demar DeRozan struggled to lead his team, but his 33-point tally proved insufficient.
The Pacers will have the opportunity to build on that momentum on Wednesday when they will visit the Orlando Magic, one of the worst teams in the NBA.
The Bulls will travel to Charlotte on Thursday to face the Hornets.