With 13 games going on, there were a lot of potential options for Pass of the Night. But even though he was playing in an early game, Lance Stephenson made sure the debate was over before it could even begin.
Last night, the Indiana Pacers welcomed the Washington Wizards into Bankers Life Fieldhouse for friendly game of basketball. Right from the opening tip, it was clear the Pacers were the better side, as the jumped out to a 28-14 lead after the 1st quarter. From there, the Pacers cruised the rest of the way, outclassing the Wizards by a final of 93-73. Leading the charge for the Pacers, was unsurprisingly, Paul George. Their main man finished with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. But it was the one they call “Born Ready” – Lance Stephenson – who made the play of the night.
Early in the 4th quarter, George was trapped in the corner; jumping and spinning to avoid the pressure, he fired a pass in Stephenson’s direction. Stephenson, however had started to cut, and leaving his feet, caught the ball in mid-air. But before landing again, Stephenson – out of the corner of his eye – spotted C.J. Watson alone in the corner and flipped a behind-the-back pass to him. Wide open, Watson buried the shot to give Stephenson one of his 10 assists on the night.
Stephenson finished the contest with a bizarre stat line: 7 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 turnovers.
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