Lance Stephenson plays with an undeniable edge, a frenzied style that feeds on emotion. He says it's a product of growing up in Brooklyn, where players carry a "feeling that nobody can stop them on the floor."

Heading into Saturday night's game against the Nets – and with an All-Star snub still boiling in his mind - the 23-year-old Pacers guard told the Daily News he's motivated to unleash his anger on Joe Johnson and the Nets.

"I already had a chip on my shoulder and it made me even worse," Stephenson said about not making the Eastern Conference reserves. "Now I'm going to kill everybody who is in front of me."

Stephenson, who is averaging 14.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists for the best team in the league, was first informed of the All-Star rejection by Pacers coach Frank Vogel prior to Thursday's game against the Suns.

He followed up with a triple-double.

On Saturday, Stephenson went head-to-head with the last player chosen above him, Johnson, the Brooklyn guard who even admitted to being surprised at his selection.

Johnson was averaging just 15.6 points per game before Saturday, which, if sustained, would represent his lowest average in 11 seasons.