Lance Stephenson was back in a Pacers uniform and playing before a home court Indiana crowd for the first time since leaving the team he came in the league with three years ago, on Tuesday, March 4. And the Pacers fans on hand for their Raptors match up watched classic Lance all the way up till the final moments of the game, during which time, in true Lance fashion, he managed to tick a couple of his opponents off.
Down by 15 with less than 10 seconds left in the game, Toronto decided they were going to allow the clock to run down, with the players on the floor lingering around as Indiana took possession. Coming off of the rebound though, Joe Young selected to chuck the ball over to Stephenson rather than tuck it until the final buzzard went off. One of the unwritten rules in professional basketball is that you don’t continue to put points on the board if your opponent gracefully bows out for the loss.
Lance, who had already been trash talking throughout the 4th quarter, then ran the ball up the court and scored a layup. DeMar DeRozan didn’t take too kindly to the gesture, and confronted Stephenson. Neither did P.J. Tucker, who had to be restrained, as both teams flooded onto the middle of the court before cooler heads prevailed.