When George Hill took the court to start the fourth quarter at the AT&T Center on Wednesday, his team had already blown a 16-point lead. He had spent much of the night being outplayed by Greivis Vasquez. And he hadn't made a single basket.

"Things weren't going my way," Hill said.

Fortunately for the Spurs, he figured out a way to change his own fortune. With the rest of the offense foundering and no one looking ready to take over, Hill attacked the rim on three consecutive possessions, scored six quick points and spearheaded a fourth-quarter surge that led to a 110-103 victory in Game 5 of their series with Memphis.

"I had to do what I could to get going," Hill said.

It wasn't just his aggressive 85-second spurt to start the fourth quarter. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich praised Hill's overall contributions, as he toughened up defensively late to help slow down Memphis point guard Mike Conley after his spectacular first half.

Hill finished with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists.

"He contributed to the win significantly because he played well at both ends," Popovich said.

Hill's most important play of the night came with 37.9 seconds left in regulation, when he pushed the ball up the court after a Memphis miss, hung in the air in front of the rim, and somehow made a backhanded reverse layup that cut the deficit to 91-90.

"We went through stretches where George took over," Tim Duncan said.