Mathurin Leads Team Jalen to Rising Stars Victory in All-Pacers Celebration

Indiana Pacers guard Bennedict Mathurin stole the spotlight in Friday night's Rising Stars game, leading Team Jalen to victory and earning the MVP award in front of a hometown crowd at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Mathurin's stellar performance, including 18 points in the semifinal and 13 points in the championship game, propelled Team Jalen to a commanding 26-13 win over Team Detlef. The crowd erupted in chants of "M-V-P! M-V-P!" as Mathurin showcased his skills on both ends of the court.

Teammate Jalen Williams contributed 13 points of his own, securing the victory for coach Jalen Rose's squad in an all-Pacers celebration. Former Pacers players Jalen Rose and Detlef Schrempf, now coaches in the Rising Stars game, both reached the championship round, adding to the excitement for Indiana fans.

Despite an early exit for San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama, who impressed with 11 points in the second game, the evening belonged to Mathurin and Team Jalen. Their dominant performance showcased the talent and camaraderie of the rising stars in the NBA.

With chants of "M-V-P" echoing through the arena, Mathurin expressed his gratitude for the support of his family and friends who had traveled to Indianapolis for All-Star weekend. As he basked in the victory, Mathurin reflected on the significance of bringing home the win for his city and his aspirations for future success in the NBA.

The Rising Stars game featured exciting matchups and standout performances from rising stars like Mathurin, setting the stage for an action-packed All-Star weekend in Indianapolis.