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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

Lance Stephenson's audition, if you will, couldn't have gone much better.

Stephenson, who signed a 10-day contract on New Year's Day to join the Indiana Pacers for the third time, has signed another 10-day deal under the NBA’s COVID-related hardship exception, the team announced Tuesday.

The 31-year-old guard's first 10 days back in Pacers blue and gold were a definite success. He played in five games, averaging 14.2 points, 5.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 24.4 minutes. In his first game back in Indianapolis -- where he played for the Pacers for the first four seasons of his career and again from 2017-18 -- he scored 30 points, including an NBA-record-setting 20 off the bench in the first quarter. No Pacer had ever scored 20 points in the first quarter before. He later dished out a career-high 14 assists in another game.

Stephenson has quickly established a rapport with Domantas Sabonis, who has recorded two triple-doubles since Stephenson arrived.

The Pacers next suit up Wednesday against Boston in the home half of a home-and-home set with the Celtics. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on Bally Sports Indiana.

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