Has a crowd in Indianapolis ever been that loud for a regular season game in November?
Only Lance Stephenson can cause this much commotion in downtown Indianapolis. “I get my energy from the crowd,” Stephenson, who had a season-high 18 points, said according to the IndyStar. “When the crowd tells me, ‘Let’s go! Get it going!’ I just feel like this power is in me.”
In a similar setting to his thrilling return game late last season, Stephenson in gold was a torturous experience once again for the Toronto Raptors.
Stephenson, who made all four of his long-range attempts, hit consecutive 3-pointers in a span of about 30 seconds that put the Indiana Pacers up 11 with just over four minutes remaining in the game and they’d hang on to win despite hemorrhaging turnovers down the stretch by a final of 107-104.
“I’m a shot maker when it comes,” said Stephenson, who increased his 3-point percentage from 22% to 30% on the season.
It’s the fifth straight win for the Pacers and the second consecutive home victory keyed by an incredible fourth quarter performance by Stephenson.
This time it wouldn’t have been possible without an injury to Victor Oladipo, who bruised his knee in the fourth quarter after bumping knees with Kyle Lowry.
“He was huge for us,” said Oladipo, who is questionable for tomorrow night against the Celtics. “We need him to play well and we’re really tough to beat when he does.”