Lance Stephenson took advantage of "NBA Fit" Week by wearing red shoes on Saturday night, which the league is allowing players to do through Friday to promote its healthy-living initiative.

After struggling in the first half, the Indiana Pacers guard changed back into the black-and-white sneakers he normally wears. OK, maybe it wasn't all in the shoes, but Stephenson scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and the Pacers resbounded from a miserable first quarter to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 99-82 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

"It's a mental thing," said Stephenson, adding he plans to wear red shoes during tonight's game in Cleveland, albeit a different pair than the one he wore Saturday. "I feel like if I switch shoes, it's a new beginning."

Pacers coach Frank Vogel wasn't quite buying that, but he wasn't about to complain either.

"I'm pretty sure it wasn't the shoes," Vogel said. "But you never know with Lance."

One thing Pacers fans have come to know about this season's team is that it usually provides dominant third quarters. Saturday's game was one of the most vivid examples yet. The Pelicans (15-17) hit 11 of their first 15 shots and had built a 27-13 lead by late in the first quarter.

The Pacers (26-6) cut the deficit to 49-44 by half, but the largest cheer until that point was when it was announced the Colts had beaten the Kansas City Chiefs a few blocks away. But the NBA's top defensive team lived up to its reputation and then some in the third quarter.

The Pacers held New Orleans without a field goal during a 10:02 stretch during second half. They held them scoreless for 7:22 at one point during the quarter. George Hill's 3-pointer capped an 18-0 spurt and gave the Pacers a 70-57 lead with two minutes in the quarter. The flummoxed Pelicans were called for three technical fouls in the period, including one from the bench on assistant coach Dave Hanners.