Patched up Lakers side not enough to stop San Antonio.
The San Antonio Spurs sealed a comfortable 120-89 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, and are now just a game away from progressing into the next round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs.
The Spurs were too quick, too experienced and ultimately too healthy for the Lakers, who saw Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks and Steve Blake added to their injury list after Game 2.
The 31-point loss represented the worst home playoff defeat in franchise history for Los Angeles, with the Spurs picking apart their defense at the Staples Center to secure a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Tim Duncan finished with a team-high 26 points on 12-for-16 shooting, as well as grabbing nine rebounds. He was well supported by Tony Parker who added 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting, and also dished out seven assists.
For the Lakers, guard Andrew Goudelock made the most of the opportunity handed to him as he scored a career-high 20 points, while Darius Morris had 24 points with Dwight Howard leading the way for the home team with 25 points as well as 11 rebounds.
Game 4 takes place at the Staples Center on Sunday, in what could well be the last post season game for the Lakers. While San Antonio have regrouped and look healthy at the right time, as Pau Gasol put it in his post game interview, the Lakers have been “murdered by injuries”.