Lance Stephenson Layup At Buzzer Enrages Raptors

Rachel Hardy
April 6, 2017

They dropped into a tie with IN for the seventh spot IN the Eastern Conference, just a half-game ahead of idle Miami.

The Indiana Pacers, flailing in the Eastern Conference playoff race, took a chance and signed their prodigal son on March 30. In the two wins, the Raps averaged 14.5 rebounds more than the Pacers.

Jeff Teague added 20 points for IN, which is battling for a playoff spot IN the Eastern Conference. His box score numbers (4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) don't really do him justice. DeRozan led Toronto with 27 points.

Pacers: Will try to win back-to-back games for the first time since February 6 when they host Milwaukee on Thursday. For the first time in a while, in is actually on the outside looking in, tied with Miami for eighth place, but in ninth on the wrong end of a tiebreaker.

The coach wondered how his team would react, hoping they would match up well, hit for hit, and play with an edge despite being in rather comfortable circumstances.

The Lance Stephenson era in IN is back, as the man himself announced last week, and he didn't disappoint Tuesday night in his return.

Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell (24) changes direction as he drives in front of Indiana Pacers forward Lavoy Allen (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Closer games involve more energy, higher intensity and often require more minutes from key players.

With the game winding down, Pacers guard Lance Stephenson went in for an uncontested layup with 3.3 seconds remaining, instead of dribbling out the last few seconds of the game. Stopping him is no easy task, but as long as the combination of P.J. Tucker (note: he's "questionable") and DeMarre Carroll limit the Fresno State product the Raptors should win.

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Stephenson, DeRozan, and Tucker were all assessed technical fouls.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter Tuesday night and the desperate Indiana Pacers rallied from a 19-point, first-half deficit and blew out Toronto 108-90.

NY shot 55 percent from the field in the first half, compared to 33 percent for Chicago.

The Toronto Raptors blew a 19-point lead last night in IN, but the good news for them is that they have another game tonight in Detroit against the Pistons.

The Toronto are facing Pacers at IN as the third of this season. The Pacers' 37-point third quarter was their second best of the season.

The final act of the third period was an entertaining mano-a-mano between DeRozan and George.

NEW YORK - Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, and the Knicks snapped the Bulls' four-game win streak. The Pacers had a narrow 77-75 lead after the collision of star power played out. The Raptors are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in IN, 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings overall and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Indiana. A 9-0 Pacers run early in the quarter sealed the victory, but the Pacers stayed in attack mode.

The Pacers and Raptors have seen plenty of each other recently.

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