Hairston delivers in Spurs' win
LAS VEGAS -- The third day of the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS opened with the San Antonio Spurs hosting the New Orleans Hornets at COX Pavilion on the campus of University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
In a tightly contested fourth quarter, Malik Hairston sealed the Spurs' 92-86 victory with a three-pointer with 18 seconds left in the game. Trailing by two heading into the fourth quarter the Spurs led by as many as six in a quarter that featured seven lead changes and six ties.
George Hill tallied a game-high 25 points for the Spurs while Hairston tallied 16 points. The Hornets were led by Marcus Thornton with 22 points while Darren Collison chipped in 19.
"My coaches and teammates told me to just play my game, and that's what I did," said Hill on today's performance.
The Hornets led by as many as nine in the opening half of play and led by two at the half.
The Spurs' third quarter attack was led by Hairston who scored 13 points and led San Antonio to a five-point lead in the third early in the quarter. The Hornets finished the quarter strong and maintained their two-point lead heading into the final period.
Both teams shot well from the charity stripe, the Spurs connecting on 33-for-36 from the line while the Hornets connected on 19 for 20.
Both teams return to the hardwood on Tuesday, the Hornets hosting the Los Angeles Clippers at 10:30 p.m. ET while the Spurs host the Nuggets at 10 p.m. ET.