Report: Pacers’ Stephenson, Turner fought before playoffs

Lance Stephenson set career highs in points, rebounds and assists in the regular season.

Michael Conroy

The Pacers got back into their series with the Hawks on Tuesday, but the news wasn’€™t all positive.

Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner fought during practice on the eve of the playoffs, Yahoo Sports reports. The two reportedly needed to be separated and one witness told Yahoo Sports "this stuff happens, but the timing wasn’t ideal."

"We’ve been on the ropes a little bit," Pacers forward David West told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday night. "Every team goes through that. But I thought we did a great job of dealing with whatever issues we had. The great thing about this group has always been that we’re very open with one another, always been able to get through the ups and downs of a long NBA season."

The 76ers traded Turner to the Pacers for veteran Danny Granger, who was a locker-room leader in Indiana. The Pacers struggled shortly after the deal, going 12-13 since March 1, but still earned the No. 1 seed in the East.

Indiana, which was stunned in Game 1 by No. 8 seed Atlanta, evened its best-of-7 series with a 101-85 win Tuesday.