In his second career game against the Toronto Raptors, Montreal's Bennedict Mathurin led the Indiana Pacers to a 122-114 win Monday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
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The native of the Montreal-Nord borough was the fifth most used player by head coach Rick Carlisle, but he was the best scorer for his team. Mathurin missed just three of his 11 shots for 21 points. He also posted a differential of 21, a high among the two teams.
The lack of consistency of the Queen City side prevented them from enjoying a sixth victory in 18 occasions away from home this season. Nick Nurse's men played with panache in the first and third quarters, but were limited to 48 points the rest of the game.
Gary Trent Jr. had his second straight 30+ point game with 32. Pascal Siakam also did well with 26 points and seven assists.
The young Scottie Barnes, who is having a difficult season, has regained his former form. He had 23 points, eight assists and as many rebounds.
Montrealer Chris Boucher was held in check in four short minutes on the floor.
In Cleveland, Donovan Mitchell had a truly historic game in a 145-134 Cavaliers victory.
Mitchell scored no less than 71 points in the victory. This is the second biggest harvest in a duel of the century. Only the great Kobe Bryant (81 points) did better, in 2006.