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Lance Stephenson shows up Knicks bench after torching J.R. Smith with reverse layup (video)

Lance Stephenson went off for a career-high 28 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to an easy-breezy 117-89 win over the visiting New York Knicks at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Stephenson, a Brooklyn native, must have been highly motivated to play against his hometown team and perhaps even went over the line in exhibiting his enthusiasm after one particular play during the latter stages of the game.

With the Pacers already up 26 points, Stephenson stole the ball and initiated the fast break. With only J.R. Smith — in his way, Stephenson drove hard down the lane and finished with a spectacular reverse layup.

Afterward, Stephenson mugged and posed as he glared at the Knicks bench.

Wisely, after Stephenson converted his free throw on the foul by Smith, who was helpless to stop the guard — hey, at least he was playing — Pacers head coach Frank Vogel pulled Stephenson from the game. The fact that the Pacers were up big-time with only 5:20 remaining in the game made the decision that much easier.

It certainly was a good decision to have Stephenson grab some bench, as Knicks players weren’t impressed with his antics.

“You could do it when you’re winning,” said Tyson Chandler after the game. It’s our job to keep him from doing that crap.’’

Well put. Sadly for the Knicks, the team did not keep him from doing that crap.

It seems that Stephenson is a unique fellow with a penchant for overdoing things. One need look no further than his All-Star Game campaign video, in which “Sir Lancealot” asks for fans’ votes.

Weird stuff.

[New York Post]