Despite only getting 22 minutes on the floor, Bennedict Mathurin was the Indiana Pacers' leading scorer in a 113-93 loss to the Pelicans on Monday in New Orleans. .
The Pacers offense has had major problems with efficiency at the basket, succeeding only 42.2% of its throw attempts. After starting the game on the bench, Mathurin collected 15 points.
The native of Montreal North had been limited to six and seven points in his last two games.
Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield, usually at the forefront of Indiana's offense, amassed 12 small points each.
The Pacers (17-17) had won their last two duels. They are ahead of the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors in the eighth tier of the NBA Eastern Conference.
As for them, the Pelicans flirt with the top of the West. Devoid of their stars Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, they still gave the Pacers trouble.
Naji Marshall (22 points) and Jonas Valanciunas (20 points, 12 rebounds) stood out for the Louisiana club.
In Cleveland, the duo of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant sparkled and the Brooklyn Nets won 125-117 over the Cavaliers.
The great performance of Darius Garland, who amassed 46 points and eight assists, was not enough for the hosts. They faced the in-form Nets, who won their ninth straight game.
Durant and Irving led the way for the visitors, both scoring 32 points. This is their fifth game over 30 points since the start of December.
The Nets dominated the first half 68-54, and didn't look back after that.
It's only the fourth loss in 20 home games for the Cavaliers this season.