Brown lifts Hornets past Bobcats

LAS VEGAS -- The third day of competition of the 2008 NBA Summer League Presented by EA SPORTS opened Sunday with the New Orleans Hornets defeating the Charlotte Bobcats 77-75.

In a hotly contested fourth quarter, Hornets guard Bobby Brown hit the game-winning basket with less than 30 seconds to go. Both teams led by as many as seven in the game that featured 18 lead changes and 12 ties.

New Orleans was led by Brown's 20 points and supporting Brown in the scoring column was Hilton Armstrong, 14 points, and Julian Wright with 11 points.

"Coming from a small college and then playing in Europe, its really important for me," Hornets Bobby Brown said after the victory. "Being out here in this atmosphere and playing in the NBA level is a real challenge, so I have to step it up every game."

The disappointed Bobcats were led by their rookie point guard D.J. Augustin and his 15 points. Jermareo Davidson also turned in a solid performance with 12 points and nine rebounds.

"I think we gave a great effort tonight, but you can't give up 22 points on the fast break and give up 25 points off of turnovers and win a game, said Bobcats summer league head coach Dave Hanners. "I think we have to be a little bit smarter, and a little more under control and make some plays."

Notes: Both teams will take Monday and will resume action on Tuesday as the Bobcats host the Warriors while the Hornets will take on the Spurs.