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Raptors, Pacers Get into Heated Exchange Following Lance Stephenson's Late Score

06 April 2017

Lance Stephenson made his return to IN as a member of the Pacers last night and he capped off the team's 17-point victory over the Raptors with a casual layup as the final seconds ticked off the clock. He concluded it strangely, but not exactly atypical of his polarizing career. We got a reminder of that Tuesday, when Lance Stephenson upset the Raptors at the end of the Pacers' 108-90 win.

Not unexpectedly, the game became a shootout between two of the most prolific scorers in Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and Indiana's Paul George.

Pacers: Will try to win back-to-back games for the first time since February 6 when they host Milwaukee on Thursday. Tonight's events would be worth remembering if so.

Detroit played two home games last week, losing on a last-second tip-in to Miami and edging Brooklyn by a point.

With the game clock winding down, Stephenson caught an inbounds pass near mid-court and instead of dribbling out the clock until time expired, like you see every team in the National Basketball Association do, the agitating wing player instead made a decision to score an uncontested layup with 3.3 seconds left in the game. "I didn't mean no harm".

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The Knicks grabbed control in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulls 25-16 for a 54-40 halftime lead.

Everything began to go right for the Pacers, who were making shots, watching as the Raptors would over pass and eventually taking the lead when Jeff Teague buried a three to give Indy a one-point cushion.

The Pacers are also even with Chicago for the seventh spot after the Bulls lost to NY 100-91 on Tuesday. They dropped into a tie with IN for the seventh spot IN the Eastern Conference, just a half-game ahead of idle Miami.

But it couldn't taint one of the Pacers' biggest turnarounds of the season — a game they hope will help them make a final push into the postseason. George scored 18 of his 35 in the same stretch as they put on a show of "whatever you can do, I can do better". The Pacers were missing shots, sure, but the overall effort and energy was familiar, and not in the positive sense. Toronto's lead peaked at 19 with 5:47 left in the first half before the Pacers clawed back to trail 51-40 at the break. The Pacers had a narrow 77-75 lead after the collision of star power played out. A 9-0 Pacers run early in the quarter sealed the victory, but the Pacers stayed in attack mode. "He's just playing", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said.

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