After a scoreless first quarter, George Hill erupted for 31 points in the final three to lead the Texas Fuel to a 100-88 victory over the West Texas Whirlwinds in an American Basketball Association (ABA) exhibition game Sunday night at Manuel Garza B. Gymnasium.
Hill, who played with the San Antonio Spurs for three seasons, was traded on Draft Night in June to his hometown Indiana Pacers. He was a popular player in San Antonio and has kept many friends in South Texas. He and many other NBA players are playing exhibition games to stay in basketball shape until the NBA lockout is over.
The Fuel, comprised of players who are trying to make it into the National Basketball Association, were the home team for two exhibition games. The Fuel cruised to a 119-93 win in Saturday's game.
Hill had 38 points and eight assists Saturday. On Sunday, he knocked down 31 points and had seven assists. He also had three rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
More than 400 people attended Sunday's game, and about 100 waited after the game to get Hill's autogrpah and take pictures with him.
The Fuel will play other exhibition games before starting the ABA season in November. Hill may play in other exhibition games until the NBA starts the new season.