“One I’m really looking forward to”: Bennedict Mathurin fights Luguentz Dort for the first time

Indiana Pacers rookie guard Bennedict Mathurin was looking forward to facing a certain player at the NBA level, and on Wednesday night it finally happened.

“One guy I’m really excited to play against is Luguentz Dort,” Mathurin said last summer. Dort and Mathurin are both Canadians and grew up in the same neighborhood, so they have a long-standing relationship.

Currently, Dort plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. On Wednesday, the Thunder hosted the Pacers for the first meeting between the two teams this season. It was the first of what is likely to be many professional-level bouts between the two Canadians.