Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/12/13
The game had just completed, the streak remained intact, and Lance Stephenson sat down in front of his locker and found a Sharpie. Stephenson had not experienced a night like Monday since high school, so he removed his red, white and blue And 1 high-tops and wrote a little message. On the left shoe: “13 pt… 12 asst … 11 reb” On the right: “Triple Double.” The sneakers will now be framed, displayed somewhere prominently inside his home, after Stephenson earned his first career triple-double, accomplished during the Indiana Pacers’ 95-79 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Stephenson played efficiently and in control, for the most part, a phrase borrowed from coach Frank Vogel when describing his animated young player’s growth as a professional. More on that later. Still, Stephenson played within himself, surpassing his career assist total by halftime. Better yet, he committed only one turnover as the Pacers improved to 8-0 this season. “I was just being aggressive,” Stephenson said. “Just trying to create for others and myself.” The moment that had been four years in the making peaked at the 10:56 mark of the fourth quarter. Stephenson ran point for the play “single action” and sent a pass to Paul George, who immediately raised up and made a 20-foot jumper. Judging by his reaction, Stephenson knew the shot would fall the moment it left George’s hands.
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