Indiana Pacers v Boston CelticsBOSTON (TSN) – Paul George scored a game-high 27 points and Lance Stephenson recorded a triple-double to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 97-82 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday.

Stephenson, who also notched a triple-double on Nov. 11, poured in 10 points to go with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He is the only player in the NBA this season with multiple triple-doubles.

David West and Luis Scola added 17 points apiece for the Pacers, who improved to an Eastern Conference-best 11-1.

Jordan Crawford scored 24 points and Jeff Green added 20 for the Celtics, who have dropped six straight.

Boston shot 60 percent (12-for-20) in the first quarter to take a 25-22 lead after 12 minutes. Crawford poured in 11 points in the frame on 5-of-5 shooting.

The Celtics took a 50-42 edge into the break after Crawford knocked down a trey at buzzer, but it was a different story in the second half as the Pacers held Crawford to just five points over the final 24 minutes.

“I just didn’t complete the game. I’m very disappointed in myself. It was nothing they did. I don’t think it was nothing they did. I just didn’t complete the game,” said Crawford.

Indiana opened the third quarter on a 13-5 run to tie the game at 55-55, before outscoring Boston 12-3 over the final five minutes to take a 67-58 lead into the final frame.

“I’m really proud of our guys’ effort, particularly in the second half, particularly in the third quarter, how we buckled down on the defensive end. Our starters, as a unit, have a gear defensively that they can reach that’s pretty special. They hit that in the third and took control of the game.” said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel.

The Pacers’ lead swelled to 20, 90-70, with just under four minutes to left as Indiana cruised to victory.

Notes: West had eight rebounds … The Pacers outscored Boston 44-36 in the paint … Jared Sullinger scored 13 points for the Celtics … Indiana’s bench outscored the Celtics’ reserves 29-17.


Team 1 2 3 4 Score
Indiana 22 20 25 30 97
Boston 25 25 8 24 82
Officials:  Derrick Stafford, Brian Forte, Eli Roe Attendance:  18624
Time Of Game: 2:00
Stats: Final
Indiana MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
P.George 37:34 9 20 3 8 6 6 0 3 3 2 2 1 2 0 27
D.West 29:23 7 14 0 0 3 4 2 6 8 3 0 3 0 0 17
R.Hibbert 28:44 3 11 0 0 0 0 6 2 8 2 4 0 3 2 6
L.Stephenson 41:25 5 10 0 0 0 0 3 8 11 10 0 4 1 0 10
G.Hill 37:36 3 8 2 5 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 3 0 8
O.Johnson 9:16 1 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
L.Scola 25:17 7 9 0 0 3 4 3 1 4 1 3 2 4 0 17
D.Sloan 10:24 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 1 1 0 0
C.Copeland 7:45 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
I.Mahinmi 12:36 2 3 0 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 5
R.Butler DNP – Coach’s Decision
C.Watson DNP – Coach’s Decision
S.Hill DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 38 81 6 17 15 18 15 26 41 19 13 13 15 3 97
PERCENTAGES FG: 46.9% 3PT: 35.3% FT: 83.3% TEAM REB: 6 TOTAL TO: 16
Boston MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
J.Green 37:32 8 13 2 3 2 2 0 2 2 0 1 1 3 0 20
J.Sullinger 31:28 6 12 0 2 1 2 1 4 5 2 3 1 1 0 13
K.Olynyk 12:14 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 2
A.Bradley 31:10 3 10 0 1 0 0 0 7 7 2 2 1 3 0 6
J.Crawford 34:12 10 12 3 4 1 1 1 2 3 4 2 2 6 0 24
V.Faverani 10:48 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
G.Wallace 21:59 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 0 1 1 5 1 2
B.Bass 22:26 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 4 0 1 0 8
C.Lee 16:14 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2
K.Humphries 15:40 1 3 0 0 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 4
P.Pressey 6:17 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
K.Bogans DNP – Coach’s Decision
M.Brooks DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 35 69 5 11 7 9 5 26 31 11 16 8 21 1 82
PERCENTAGES FG: 50.7% 3PT: 45.5% FT: 77.8% TEAM REB: 4 TOTAL TO: 23
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Indiana 30
Boston 12
TECHNICALS: Indiana 1, Boston 1
Indiana: Defensive Three Second
Boston: Defensive Three Second

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