Stephenson records triple-double as Indiana routs Boston

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Updated: December 22, 2013

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) – Lance Stephenson filled the stat sheet
with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists as the Indiana Pacers crushed the
Boston Celtics, 106-79, from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Stephenson now has three triple-doubles this season — two of which came
against the Celtics — and is the only player in the Association with more
than one.

Paul George paced Indiana with 24 points, while Roy Hibbert added 15 points
with 12 rebounds and three blocks. Danny Granger contributed 12 points off the
bench to build off a five-point effort in his season debut against Houston on
Friday.

Avery Bradley scored 13 points, while Jeff Green and Courtney Lee chipped in
with 11 points apiece for Boston, which has lost three straight.

Boston kept it close after one quarter of play, trailing 20-17 after 12
minutes.

Kelly Olynyk’s jumper tied the game at 23 with 8:49 left in the second
quarter,
but that would be as close as Boston would get to a lead for the rest of the
night. The Pacers followed with a 19-3 surge to take control of the contest
midway through the second. Granger hit two 3s and Stephenson had four assists
during the spurt to help Indiana to a 42-26 lead.

The lead swelled to 19 after a George Hill 3 and the Pacers led 52-37 into the
break.

The Pacers opened the second half on a 13-4 run highlighted by a no-look pass
from George to Hill. George received a pass from Stephenson and faked going
up for the shot, dishing instead to a trailing Hill for a layup.

George went on a personal 6-0 run later in the quarter to extend the cushion
to 71-44. He was fouled while making a 3 and converted the free throw for a
four-point play. George would add a layup less than a minute later to stake
Indiana to its largest lead of the night.

Stephenson was stuck on nine points, 10 boards and 10 helpers midway through
the fourth quarter and missed six straight shots before finally getting a wing
3 to fall to secure the triple-double.

Game Notes

Indiana held Boston to 32-of-84 (38.1 percent) shooting … 12 players scored
for the Pacers … The Pacers had 28 assists as a team and edged the Celtics
on the boards 53-41 … The Celtics did, however, win the battle of the blocks
as the Celtics blocked 10 shots compared to 5 for Indiana … Indiana
outscored Boston 50-22 in the paint.