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.
Paul George scored 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter Tuesday night, and the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 19-point, first-half deficit and blew out Toronto 108-90. Stephenson had 12 points and was 5 of 10 from the field, but all of his production came in the final, decisive period. DeRozan and a few other Raptors started yelling at Stephenson, and the skirmish headed toward the sidelines, where Raptors forward P.J. Tucker continued to jaw at the Pacers as Stephenson walked away.
What did you think of Lance Stephenson's lay-up near the end of the game?
Talking to reporters after the game, Stephenson apologized for his actions. "I just want to say sorry to them". The crowd stood and chanted "MVP!"
Five players are averaging at least 10.8 points per game for the Pacers, they are: George (23.2), Jeff Teague (15.3), Myles Turner (14.4), CJ Miles (11.0) and Thaddeus Young (10.8). "It's all 6", said George, referring to Stephenson's jersey number.
To put in bluntly, Tucker, who missed Sunday's game because of a sore right knee, had a tough night offensively, his frustration level mounting and exploding when he saw the Stephenson lay-in. "And that ain't the way you win". "It just all depends on how you look at it". "But my main focus was to try and win the game". I stopped shooting and tried to get a rebound or an assist to Paul (George).
Dwane Casey spoke on how teams such as the Pacers, Pistons and Heat would bring their best, summon all they have, how the Raptors had to match the opposition's desperation, how every possession would be critical. "[The Pacers have] got a lot of respectful guys...a bunch of respectful guys who know how to win". Both of those things, along with a toughness that can be contagious, might be just what the Pacers need in order to make the playoffs.
DeRozan couldn't be contained, Toronto's go-to weapon scoring 12 points in the quarter's first nine minutes. "He knew in the locker room afterwards that teams don't normally do that".
"I was caught in the moment", he said.
Courtney Lee had 14 points for NY, and Maurice Ndour added 13 points and 12 rebounds in his first career start. Most players in that situation would have simply run out the clock.
At no point did the Pacers lead. The Indiana Pacers player was back up to his zany antics again, this time sparking anger from the Toronto Raptors after running up the score with an end of the game layup that sparked a little skirmish. The Raptors had only 11 assists on 34 baskets, a sign they could use point guard Kyle Lowry as the season winds up.