NBA Game Summary - Boston at Indiana|
(Sunday, December 22nd)
Final Score: Indiana 106, Boston 79
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
"It really means a lot to me, but I want to thank my teammates for making it
easy," said Stephenson. "They knocked down open shots and we make smart plays.
When we play together, the sky is the limit for us."
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
Avery Bradley scored 13 points, while Jeff Green and Courtney Lee chipped in
with 11 points apiece for Boston, which has lost three straight.
"I learned that we have a long way to go," said Boston head coach Brad
Stevens, "but we've played better than this. For whatever reason, we didn't
play well tonight."
Boston kept it close after one quarter of play, trailing 20-17 after 12
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
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.
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.
12/23 00:44:15 ET