Stephenson came out hot. He scored 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc, in 6:23 of first quarter playing time. He became the first player in recorded NBA history to score 20 first quarter points off the bench. He scored 30 points in this game, but the Nets went on to beat the Pacers.
Irving's absence has been one of the major topics of this season. He's missed all of the season up to this point due to New York's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. And after the Nets announced he could not practice or play unless he complied with the mandate, it looked like he wouldn't play at all. However, things have changed. 
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