Lance Stephenson finished with 10 points, and also registered 11 rebounds and 10 assists to earn a triple-double while helping the Indiana Pacers defeat the Boston Celtics, 97-82. The Pacers shot 38-81 (46.9%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 15 boards. This is the 9th win for Indiana (11-1) in its last 10 games.
Stephenson shot 5-10 from the field. He added 4 steals as well. David West chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds for Indiana as well. On 10-12 shooting, including 3-4 from behind the arc, Jordan Crawford put up 24 points for Boston in the loss.
As expected, the Celtics offense did not have its best game, struggling to score against the elite Pacers defense that ranks second in the league with a defensive efficiency of 56.3. They registered just 0.917 points per possession in this game, and rank 26th in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 96.0 on the season. The Celtics had 11 assists against 21 turnovers for a ratio of 0.52. This year, they are winless (0-6) when having more turnovers than assists in a game. Conversely, the Pacers are undefeated (5-0) when holding their opponents below an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00.
Boston (4-10) has now dropped their last 6 straight games.
Coming up next, the Pacers square off with the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 6-8 on the year. The Celtics meet the Atlanta Hawks, currently 8-5 this season.