2 Studs, 1 dud from Indiana Pacers clutch win over rival Milwaukee Bucks

The Indiana Pacers took down their new rival, the Milwaukee Bucks, on Monday night, so here are two studs and one dud from the game.

Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, TJ McConnell, Jalen Smith, Bennedict Mathurin
Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, TJ McConnell, Jalen Smith, Bennedict Mathurin / Patrick McDermott/GettyImages
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Stud - Bennedict Mathurin

Before the Indiana Pacers made their latest starting lineup change, they moved Bennedict Mathurin out of the starting five, as he was handed the keys to a starting wing spot to begin the year.

Unfortunately, Mathurin’s inconsistencies shined through, as he was unable to put together regular efficient performances, and on the defensive end, he was quite living up to par.

On Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, however, Mathurin stepped up in a big way, providing the Pacers with some serious support off the pine.

Mathurin ended the game with 25 points and 13 rebounds (three of which were on the offensive end) while shooting 9-of-15 from the floor and 1-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc. He also shot 6-of-9 from the free-throw line.

As a rookie last year, Mathurin was one of the most impressive youngsters in the league, showing off a nice blend of aggressiveness and shot creation. His talent is clear, and he could be a star in this league.

That said, he needs to string together efficient performances on a regular basis, and if that means coming off the bench to do so, that’s what the Pacers should continue to roll with.

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Mathurin was best as a bench player last season, and so far this season, it’s looking like that trend has continued.