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INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George scored 23 points, Lance Stephenson had a triple-double, and the Indiana Pacers remained unbeaten with a 95-79 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

George had just four points at halftime, but the forward scored 19 points on 7-for-8 shooting in the second half.

Stephenson's triple-double was the first of his career. The guard had 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. The assist total was a career high, and the rebounding total matched his regular-season career high.

Point guard George Hill scored 13 points and forward Luis Scola added 12 for Indiana. The Pacers (8-0) improved on their franchise-best start and dominated a team that played in the Western Conference finals last season.

Center Marc Gasol scored 15 points and forward Zach Randolph added 12 points, and each grabbed six rebounds for the Grizzlies (3-4). Point guard Mike Conley, who entered the game averaging 20.2 points, was held to 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting. Memphis shot just 41 percent from the field and posted its lowest point total of the young season.

The Pacers held the Grizzlies to 34 percent shooting in the first half to lead 46-39 at the break. Stephenson had eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the first half. George, who entered the game as the league's No. 3 scorer, made only two of eight shots in the opening two quarters.

Two quick buckets by George gave the Pacers a 53-41 lead and caused the Grizzlies to call timeout three minutes into the second half.

The Pacers came up with the ball in a scramble, and forward David West found Stephenson under the basket for a layup that pushed Indiana's lead to 61-46 and led to another Grizzlies timeout.

Memphis guard Tony Allen was called for a flagrant foul with 1:19 left in the third quarter. George made the first of two free throws, then made a tough up-and-under basket on the extra possession to put the Pacers up 70-52. Indiana led 72-55 at the end of the period.

George scored 13 points in the third quarter on 5-for-6 shooting from the field.

NOTES: Pacers coach Frank Vogel said F Danny Granger could return to practice this week. Granger has not played this season because of a strained left calf. Vogel did not say when he expected Granger to return to game action. ... Pacers F Paul George was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday. ... Grizzlies G Mike Conley and F Zach Randolph both played high school ball in Indiana. ... Indiana entered the game leading the NBA in scoring defense (85.3 points per game), point differential (9.6 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (.389). ... Pacers C Roy Hibbert, the league's leading shot blocker, swatted four in the first quarter and finished with five on the night.
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