It looks like Lance Stephenson is going to play a big role for the Pacers this season. Whether that’s as a starter or reserve remains to be seen.

Stephenson started in place of the ailing Danny Granger for the second straight night and turned in another solid effort. His six points were overshadowed by his eight assists and zero turnovers as the Pacers routed the Atlanta Hawks 107-89 on Tuesday at Philips Arena.

“I’m really pleased with what Lance Stephenson is doing with the basketball … very impressive” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.

Stephenson a third fourth-year pro from Cincinnati has scored in double figures in three of six preseason games. But he has had two eight-assist efforts and has not committed a turnover in consecutive games. He gives Vogel options regardless of when Granger recovers from a troublesome calf strain.

“We’ll have to see where Danny’s at” Vogel said. “I know he can play and I know Lance can play. I’m intrigued with what Lance is doing with the basketball his ability to create. Even though Lance started tonight I got him out and played him with the second unit a lot.

“If Danny comes back you could see the scenario where Danny starts and Lance is the facilitator off the bench. Or he could start.”

David West scored 15 points in the first half and ended up with a preseason-high 24 to lead the Pacers.

“David was sensational carrying the load” Vogel said.

Paul George bounced back from his lowest output of the preseason (nine against Cleveland) to score 17 points and Luis Scola had a preseason-high 20 points. The Indiana bench outscored Atlanta’s 50-28.

“Our bench stepped up and took control of the game” Vogel said. “Back-to-back 20 point wins with the starters playing at a high level and the bench taking control of a game.”