Ian Mahinmi fills in solidly for Roy Hibbert

Reserve center has averaged 10 points and 7.3 rebounds in last three games with Roy Hibbert sidelined by ankle injury.

Indiana Pacers reserve center Ian Mahinmi admits offense isn’t his game.

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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