Rising stars of the NBA: Mathurin does not let himself steal the spotlight

Bennedict Mathurin wasn’t going to let another young NBA star steal the spotlight at home.

The Quebecer was named MVP of the NBA Rising Stars mini tournament, helping his team to be crowned champion.

In the finals, the young Indiana Pacers star scored four points and Team Jalen defeated Team Detlef 26 to 13. The first team to record 25 points won the trophy. Jalen Williams finished off the night with a basket from downtown.

Once the Champions Trophy was awarded, the crowd gathered in Indianapolis for the All-Star festivities rejoiced once again as Mathurin was named the tournament’s MVP.

“The only thing I had in mind was to play with intensity, I wanted to help my team win and bring home the MVP title,” mentioned the hero of the evening before the microphone. TNT after the final.

His Pacers teammate Tyrese Haliburton said into the microphone during the broadcast of the games on TNT that the Quebecer reminded him of Jordan Clarkson in the way he played.

“I feel like Clarkson could make tough baskets and that’s what Mathurin does as well. He is also intense on both sides of the court,” added Haliburton, who is having a thunderous season with an average of 21.8 points per game.

Mathurin proved his teammate right a few moments later with a spectacular play. During a drive to the basket, the Pacers player completed a complete turn around himself in the air before putting it behind his back for Walker Kessler, who easily completed the basket.

Early in the afternoon, the Quebecer gave the victory to the Jalen team in the first match of the tournament that brings together rising stars.

Mathurin allowed his team to erase a slow start to the match, trailing 11-2, to win 40-35 against Tamika’s team. The first team to reach the 40-point mark advanced to the finals.

The Quebecer scored 18 points in the victory. He had a chance to end the game after a drive to the basket that resulted in a foul, so he had to make two free throws to put Team Jalen ahead.

Mathurin, however, missed both of his attempts, but on his team’s next possession he scored a basket with a difficult shot to start the celebrations with a little dance in front of his fans. He tried to break through with a powerful dunk during the match, but missed the final.

In 52 games this season, the Quebecer has averaged 14.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

In the second game of the afternoon, Detlef’s team gave a bit of a surprise by defeating the Pau team by 41 to 36, which included Victor Wembanyama.

The San Antonio Spurs rookie scored 11 points and still grabbed seven rebounds, in addition to contributing two blocks, but Matas Buzelis finished this game. Mac McClung was the most productive of his team with 12 points, only one more than his teammate that night Alondes Williams.

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