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Stephenson shines as Pacers trounce Knicks

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Lance Stephenson launched a "Sir Lancealot" video campaign Tuesday night in an effort to get himself into the upcoming All-Star Game in New Orleans.

It's tough to make a case against him.

Stephenson had 28 points and the Indiana Pacers routed the New York Knicks, 117-89, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The NBA's triple-double leader this season wore a shaggy wig, bowtie, rimmed glasses, suspenders and tucked his pants into his socks in the comedic video. In a loud and raspy voice, Stephenson made his case why he should be in the game.

"He's efficient making the right basketball plays. If he's flashy, he's being flashy making basketball plays," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said of Stephenson. "His competitive spirit is as high as anyone we've coached."

Paul George added 25 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who have won seven straight against New York in Indianapolis including last season's Eastern Conference Playoffs. Indiana has won six of its last seven overall.

Carmelo Anthony netted 28 points to lead New York, which has dropped two in a row on the heels of a season-high five-game winning streak.

"I don't think they're 30 points better than our team. We were awful," Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said.

Anthony nailed a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer as the Knicks took a 31-30 edge into the second, where the Pacers began to pull away during the middle stages of the frame.

Indiana led 38-37 before Stephenson drove in for a layup, George hit a three and David West knocked down a step-back jumper to increase its margin to 45-37. The Pacers' advantage swelled to 63-48 at the break when they closed the half on a 7-0 spurt. Stephenson's layup and 3-pointer preceded West's reverse layup with a second to go.

Back-to-back triples by Stephenson and George made it 78-56 a little before the midway point of the third. Indiana took an 87-69 spread into the fourth, where the hosts led by as many as 30 before cruising to the easy victory.

Earlier, Anthony netted nine quick points as New York raced out to a 16-8 lead, but C.J. Watson capped an 8-0 Indiana spurt with a three for a 28-26 edge late in the quarter.

Game Notes

Indiana turned the ball over just six times and tallied 20 points on 12 New York giveaways ... Roy Hibbert registered 11 points and six boards for the Pacers ... Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire suffered a sprained ankle in the third quarter and did not return.

01/17 00:55:00 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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