Spurs rally past Thunder
LAS VEGAS -- The San Antonio Spurs used a 26-point fourth quarter to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 85-76 in 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS action at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.
San Antonio trailed most of the game, overcoming as much as an 11-point deficit in the third quarter in the win. The Thunder scored only 17 points in the final frame. DaJuan Blair and George Hill each scored 20 points for the Spurs, while Malik Hairston paced the team with 16. Oklahoma City's D.J. White scored 17 points in the loss, while teammates Robert Vaden and Serge Ibaka contributed with 16 and 15, respectively.
"We came a long way tonight -- it was a fun game," said Blair on the outing. "I just came out here and played and got a chance to get the victory, so it was good."
Kyle Weaver's seven-point first quarter helped Oklahoma City dominate the first period, leading by as many as eight points before finishing with a seven-point lead, 22-15 at the end of one. San Antonio fought back in the second quarter, taking the lead with 2:43 to play, but White scored 11 points on four-of-four shooting from the field to keep San Antonio at bay. The Spurs outscored Oklahoma City 26-20 in the second quarter, but it wasn't enough -- the Thunder took a one point lead, 42-41, into the halftime break.
Both teams were sluggish out of the half, as Oklahoma City scored 17 points and San Antonio scored only 15. At the end of three, the Thunder was hanging onto a three-point lead, 59-56.