Day: January 8, 2022

Lance Stephenson scores 20 straight points for Pacers in first quarter vs. Nets

Jan 5, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (6) shoots the ball while Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) defends  in the first half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Jan 5, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (6) shoots the ball while Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) defends in the first half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Lance Stephenson, who played one season for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats before leaving for the NBA, came off the bench to score 20 consecutive points for the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of Wednesday night’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Stephenson, who finished the game with 30 points, was called up last month to the Atlanta Hawks from the NBA G League on a 10-day hardship deal, which allows teams an extra roster spot when multiple players are out because of injury or illness. On Jan. 1, the Pacers announced they signed Stephenson to a 10-day contract under the same COVID-related hardship exception.

Before the Hawks signed him, Stephenson had last played in the NBA for the Los

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