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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Obi Toppin’s Dunk Was Crazy, But The Pacers Knock Off The Knicks In Indy

The Indiana Pacers picked up their 11th win of the season on Wednesday evening in Indianapolis when they crushed the New York Knicks 122-102. 

While the Pacers advanced to 11-16 in their first 27 games, the Knicks fell to 12-13 and now are under .500 on the season in their first 25 games. 

“We played with a lot of energy for the majority of the game,” Rick Carlisle said postgame. “Good start, which is always important. A lot of balance, and a lot of guys played hard, so obviously every win is important for us right now, but we did many good things.” 

The Pacers are a solid 8-6 in 14 games at home this season, but a dreadful 3-10 in 13 road games.  

As for the Knicks, they got an incredible highlight from Obi Toppin (see tweet below from ESPN’s SportsCenter), but are struggling right now with a 4-6

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He Only Had 9 Fingers, But This Former Celtics First Round Pick Who Played For The Heat, Suns, Nets, Mavs, Pacers, Rockets And Timberwolves, May Have Been The Best Dunker Ever

Many people believe that Vince Carter, Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins are probably three of the best dunkers to ever step foot in the NBA. 

However, one name that does not get brought up enough is Gerald Green. 

Green played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks Minnesota, Timberwolves and Houston Rockets. 

The one dunk that he has got the most attention for was the ridiculous alley-oop finish he had as a member of the Nets in 2012 (see Tweet below from SportsCenter).

While that dunk might be the best alley-oop finish ever in an NBA game, Green has had many more sensational dunks over the duration of his career. 

Some of the reasons he did not get the same amount of attention was because he was never an All-Star or the best player on his team,

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Heated exchange on Pacers’ sideline as Kings win with big game from Marvin Bagley III

Simmering frustrations boiled over in a big way on the Indiana Pacers’ bench when center Goga Bitadze clashed with assistant coach Greg Foster during Wednesday’s 104-93 loss to the Kings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren found himself answering questions about a heated exchange on the team’s bench a day after ESPN reported he faces an uncertain future with the organization due in part to his relationship with players.

“We’re in a frustrating stretch here; a lot going on with the challenges of navigating through a season,” Bjorkgren said after the Pacers lost for the fourth time in five games. “The competitive juices are flowing and things like that will happen.”

Marvin Bagley III posted a season-high 31 points and 12 rebounds as the Kings (29-37) punished the Pacers (30-35) around the basket. Sacramento had a 62-46 advantage on points in the paint. The Kings forced

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