Jan 5, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (6) in the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

On New Year’s Day, Lance Stephenson signed a 10-day contract to return to the Indiana Pacers. It’s Stephenson’s third stint with the team after experiencing plenty of success — and memorable moments — with Indiana in the 2010s.

Stephenson played two road games with the Pacers before returning to Indiana on Wednesday for his first home game as a Pacer since 2018. And through one quarter against the Brooklyn Nets, Stephenson has already put together an incredible performance.

In just six minutes, Stephenson came off the bench to score 20 straight points for Indiana, capped off by a buzzer-beating three to end the quarter. Stephenson went 8-of-9 from the field and 4-of-5 on threes.

Absolutely ridiculous.

At halftime, Stephenson has 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting in 16 minutes, to go with four assists.

Here’s a look at the reaction to Stephenson’s remarkable return to Indiana:

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