A Montreal-flavored evening in the NBA
Two successful Montrealers in the NBA, Luguentz Dort, of the Oklahama City Thunder, and Bennedict Mathurin, of the Indiana Pacers, have faced last night for the first time in a duel that ended with marks of respect and camaraderie to highlight this special evening.
Dort and Mathurin got together at the end of the match for a hug and then exchanged jerseys, before posing together for the cameras. This moment of camaraderie was captured by the Pacers team who then shared it on the web, mentioning the Montreal origin of the two players.
This moment recalls the camaraderie and support that the two men showed in Montreal North, where they regularly participated in sporting events to encourage young people to play sports, including basketball.
Several Montrealers reacted to this moment, in particular Fabrice Vil, co-founder of the organization Pour 3 points, who stressed that the two players are “true soldiers of darkness” wearing “proudly the crown of Mount Royal”.
As for the duel, the Thunder and Luguentz Dort had the best 126-106 over the Mathurin Pacers. Dort and the Thunder started the game strong, building a 17-1 lead in the first quarter alone. The Pacers rallied somewhat in the second quarter and Mathurin led the charge with a downtown field goal.
However, it was Dort who got the better of Mathurin with a strong performance 17 points in just two quarters, finishing the game with 22 points. Dort scored twice in the game with 11 rebounds and Mathurin was limited to 22 minutes of play in which he recorded 13 points and five rebounds.
The two players will meet again on March 31.