The final seconds of the game between the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors became heated as some of the visiting team’s players confronted Lance Stephenson after he scored on a layup despite his team already leading by 15 points at that time. Tempers flared and P.J. Tucker had to be restrained as he continued to charge towards the Pacers’ swingman.
After the match, Paul George was asked to give his thoughts on the scuffle and he jokingly said that he partly blames himself for causing the incident to happen. The 26-year-old Fresno State product admitted that he knew Stephenson was going to try to score but still passed the ball to him instead.
Technical fouls were handed by the referees, one to Tucker and another to Myles Turner.
Paul George (with a smile): “I’ll take fault in passing it to him because I knew he was going to lay it up.
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) April 5, 2017
Stephenson played his first home since returning to the team that drafted him in 2010. He had a good debut for the Pacers and finished the game with 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists. He was also instrumental in helping his team complete a come-from-behind victory and win in a blowout, 108-90.
Both teams are not scheduled to face each other in their remaining regular season games, but there is a possibility they’ll go up against each other in the playoffs, depending on the final standings in the Eastern Conference. Should their paths meet again, it can be expected that it will be highly physical, especially with a lot more at stake.