But like so many of his role-playing teammates, being thrust into more minutes due to injuries means providing whatever the team needs, including points.The Pacers lost center Roy Hibbert to a sprained ankle in Saturday night’s home loss to Phoenix. Mahinmi, who averaged 4.3 points and 0.8 rebounds in a dozen previous games, stepped up with his first double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The seventh-year pro from France has started the past two games with Hibbert sidelined. Mahinmi had 10 points and seven rebounds in Monday’s 111-100 win at Dallas. The back-to-back, double-digit point games are his first of the season.
He scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in Wednesday’s 106-100 loss at San Antonio.
Mahinmi spoke after his double-double about how he focuses on defense and rebounding when he enters a game and “Offensively, I let the stuff come to me.”
The Pacers (6-9) return home Friday against the Orlando Magic (6-11) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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