5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Lakers Game 3


The San Antonio Spurs (2-0) look to put a strangle hold on their opening round playoff series versus the Los Angeles Lakers (0-2) in Los Angeles tonight.

The Spurs held court winning their first two games in San Antonio. In Game 2, San Antonio beat the Lakers 102-91. Parker finished with 28 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds while Duncan had  6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Dwight Howard paced L.A. with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. However, for L.A., they'll be without guard Steve Blake (hamstring) with Steve Nash ((hip and hamstring) and Jodie Meeks (ankle) are doubtful for Game 3.

And as the Spurs look to take a commanding 3-0 tonight in L.A., here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:

• The Spurs' bench have outscored the Lakers' bench 72-34 in two games.

• Matt Bonner had his second consecutive game scoring in double figures  which marks just the second time in his postseason career to post back-to-back double figure scoring games.

• When losing Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 2-18 all-time.

• Since moving to STAPLES Center prior to the 1999-2000 season, the Lakers have won 81% of their postseason home games (80-19).

• No team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series.