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Pacers’ Stephenson a ‘Difference Maker’
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 19, 2013 @ 8:49 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Lance Stephenson, who played miserably in Game 5 in New York, stepped to the forefront and became that cocky player who was a New York City high school legend.
It was because of that attitude that the Pacers are headed back to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004.
Stephenson started out strong and came on late to help the Pacers beat the Knicks 106-99 Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Stephenson finished with a career-high 25 points to go with 10 rebounds in 34 minutes.
“He was difference maker tonight,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “We gave up 25 points to Lance and that’s no knock to him. That somewhat came out of nowhere. He was aggressive how he played. We had no answer for him.”
The Pacers advance to play the Miami Heat in the conference finals. Game 1 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday in Miami at 8:30 p.m.
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