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                  === Stephenson dazzles as Pacers top Celtics ===
 
 Boston,  MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George scored a game-high 27 points and
 Lance  Stephenson  recorded a  triple-double to  lead the  Indiana Pacers to a
 97-82 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday.
 
 Stephenson,  who also  notched a triple-double on Nov. 11, poured in 10 points
 to  go with 11  rebounds and 10 assists. He is the only player in the NBA this
 season with multiple triple-doubles.
 
 David  West and Luis Scola added 17 points apiece for the Pacers, who improved
 to an Eastern Conference-best 11-1.
 
 Jordan  Crawford scored 24 points and Jeff Green added 20 for the Celtics, who
 have dropped six straight.
 
 Boston  shot 60 percent  (12-for-20) in the first quarter to take a 25-22 lead
 after  12  minutes. Crawford  poured  in  11 points  in  the  frame on  5-of-5
 shooting.
 
 The  Celtics  took a 50-42  edge into the break  after Crawford knocked down a
 trey  at buzzer, but it was a different story in the second half as the Pacers
 held Crawford to just five points over the final 24 minutes.
 
 "I just didn't complete the game. I'm very disappointed in myself. It was
 nothing they did. I don't think it was nothing they did. I just didn't
 complete the game," said Crawford.
 
 Indiana  opened  the third  quarter on  a 13-5 run  to tie  the game at 55-55,
 before outscoring Boston 12-3 over the final five minutes to take a 67-58 lead
 into the final frame.
 
 "I'm really proud of our guys' effort, particularly in the second half,
 particularly in the third quarter, how we buckled down on the defensive end.
 Our starters, as a unit, have a gear defensively that they can reach that's
 pretty special. They hit that in the third and took control of the game." said
 Pacers head coach Frank Vogel.
 
 The Pacers' lead swelled to 20, 90-70, with just under four minutes to left as
 Indiana cruised to victory.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 West had eight rebounds ... The Pacers outscored Boston 44-36 in the paint ...
 Jared Sullinger scored 13 points for the Celtics ... Indiana's bench outscored
 the Celtics' reserves 29-17.
 
 11/22 22:57:15 ET

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