Lance Stephenson didn’t take long to get his swagger back with the Pacers. In his first game back in Indianapolis, he almost caused a brawl with the Raptors.
Stephenson had a big second half in the Pacers’ 108-90 comeback win over Toronto, finishing with 12 points, three assists, and two rebounds in 25 minutes of work. The least meaningful two point of the night came in an uncontested layup with seconds left by Stephenson.
The Raptors were not happy that the newly returned Pacer didn’t just let the clock expire, and confronted him at half-court after the bucket. Eventually, some shoving ensued and the two teams had to be separated.
BAHAHAHA Lance shoots breakaway layup up 15 w/seconds left, infuriates Raptors, walks right by😭
WELCOME TO THE LANCE STEPHENSON EXPERIENCE pic.twitter.com/ecdMq1EOvn
— Wobsell Perezbrook (@World_Wide_Wob) April 5, 2017
— William Lou (@william_lou) April 5, 2017
That is the Lance we all grew to know and love his first time around with the Pacers. In his last season with Indianapolis, 2013-14, Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game, and led the NBA in triple-doubles. He left to take a big contract with the Charlotte Hornets, and things have not really clicked for him since, resulting in brief stops with the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, and Minnesota Timberwolves, in the course of a few short years.
But now, Lance is back in Indy, getting loud ovations from the fans.
— FOX Sports Indiana (@FSIndiana) April 4, 2017
It just feels right.