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    === Stephenson records triple-double as Indiana routs Boston ===
 Indianapolis,  IN ( - Lance Stephenson filled the stat sheet
 with  12 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists as the Indiana Pacers crushed the
 Boston Celtics, 106-79, from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
 Stephenson  now has  three triple-doubles  this season  -- two  of which  came
 against  the  Celtics -- and  is the only player  in the Association with more
 than one.
 "It  really means a  lot to me, but I want to thank my teammates for making it
 easy," said Stephenson. "They knocked down open shots and we make smart plays.
 When we play together, the sky is the limit for us."
 Paul  George  paced Indiana with 24  points, while Roy Hibbert added 15 points
 with 12 rebounds and three blocks. Danny Granger contributed 12 points off the
 bench  to build off a five-point effort in his season debut against Houston on
 Avery  Bradley scored  13 points, while Jeff Green and Courtney Lee chipped in
 with 11 points apiece for Boston, which has lost three straight.
 "I  learned that  we have  a long  way  to go,"  said Boston  head coach  Brad
 Stevens,  "but  we've played better than  this. For whatever reason, we didn't
 play well tonight."
 Boston  kept it  close after  one  quarter of  play, trailing  20-17 after  12
 Kelly  Olynyk's jumper  tied the  game  at 23  with  8:49 left  in the  second
 quarter,  but  that would be  as close as  Boston would get  to a lead for the
 rest of the night.  The Pacers  followed with a 19-3  surge to take control of
 the  contest midway  through the second. Granger hit two 3s and Stephenson had
 four assists during the spurt to help Indiana to a 42-26 lead.
 The lead swelled to 19 after a George Hill 3 and the Pacers led 52-37 into the
 The  Pacers opened the second half on a 13-4 run highlighted by a no-look pass
 from  George  to Hill. George received  a pass from Stephenson and faked going
 up for the shot, dishing instead to a trailing Hill for a layup.
 George  went on a  personal 6-0 run later in the quarter to extend the cushion
 to  71-44. He  was fouled while making a  3 and converted the free throw for a
 four-point  play. George  would add a layup  less than a minute later to stake
 Indiana to its largest lead of the night.
 Stephenson  was stuck  on nine points, 10 boards and 10 helpers midway through
 the fourth quarter and missed six straight shots before finally getting a wing
 3 to fall to secure the triple-double.
                                   Game Notes
 Indiana  held Boston to 32-of-84 (38.1 percent) shooting ... 12 players scored
 for  the Pacers ...  The Pacers had 28 assists as a team and edged the Celtics
 on the boards 53-41 ... The Celtics did, however, win the battle of the blocks
 as  the  Celtics blocked  10  shots  compared to  5  for  Indiana ...  Indiana
 outscored Boston 50-22 in the paint.
 12/22 23:21:24 ET