Lance Stephenson was returning to his hometown of Brookyln, NY Monday night as the Indiana Pacers visited the lowly Brooklyn Nets. Despite being on the back end of a back-to-back and grinding out a triple-double last night, Stephenson found the energy to put on a show in front of all of his family back home.
In a rout of the Nets, Stephenson put up a career-high 26 points, brought down seven rebounds, and tallied five assists. The Pacers went on to smack the Nets in Brooklyn 103-86.
You always want to shine in your hometown, especially if your family is in attendance, and it seems that’s what got him going in this game. “They had me all hyped,” Stephenson told Candace Buckner of the Indy Star. “I had to bring the energy to play so hard in front of them.”
Stephenson was the main star Monday night, but Paul George had himself a game as well. George had a stat line very similar to Stephenson’s with 26 points, six rebounds, and five assists, along with a nice reverse jam. Stephenson and George have been quite the 1-2 punch this season, and they should surely lead the Pacers to many more blowouts throughout the season with performances like these.
The Pacers win over the Nets is their third straight game of true domination and get a well deserved Christmas break. When they return to play, they will be hosting these same Nets again back in Indianapolis, hoping for the same outcome. Brooklyn will be on the back end of a back-to-back in that game, which could cause problems with Indiana being so well rested. All I can say is, good luck, Brooklyn.