Lance Stephenson, Paul George power Pacers past Celtics

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Lance Stephenson recorded a triple-double while Paul George scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 106-79 win over the Boston Celtics Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Stephenson finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Roy Hibbert added 15 points, 12 boards and three blocks while Danny Granger added 12 off the bench as the Pacers (22-5) won for the second time after a two-game losing streak.

The Pacers made 41 of 83 attempts for a 49.4 percent clip from the field and dominated the shaded lane with 53 rebounds to the Celtics’ 41. They also scored 50 points in the paint while Boston had 22.

The loss spoiled Celtics coach Brad Stevens’ first return to his native Indianapolis as an NBA coach.

Stevens got 13 points from Avery Bradley, who shot just 6-for-14 from the floor while the Celtics shot a collective 32-for-84 for a paltry 38.1 percent.

Jeff Green and Courtney Lee were the only other Celtic in double digit with 11 points apiece for the Celtics (11-17), who lost for the third straight time.

The Pacers pulled away from a close game with a 12-1 run early in the second period and never looked back.

Ian Mahinmi broke a 23-all deadlock with a layup from Stephenson before Luis Scola and C.J. Watson buried back-to-back baskets for a six-point cushion.

Granger, in his second game back from a calf injury, buried two triples in the game, Watson made two foul shots and Stephenson split his charities for a 38-24 lead.

After Jared Sullinger made a layup, the Pacers launched another attack, this time a 9-2 run to extend their lead to 47-28.

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