5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Lakers


The San Antonio Spurs (27-10) will host the Los Angeles Lakers (15-19) tonight at the AT&T Center in a Western Conference showdown. This will be the Spurs and Lakers second meeting this season.

The Spurs won the first game versus the Lakers, 84-82 in Los Angeles. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 19 points and 7 assists, and Tim Duncan had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant’s 28 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds and Dwight Howard finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

For the Spurs, they are coming off a loss to the Hornets in New Orleans 88-95. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 21 points off the bench. 

For the Lakers, they are limping into the game and will be without Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Jordan Hill who are all out with injury. Moreover, they losers of four-straight heading into tonight's contest including a lost to the Rockets last night in Houston 112-125. Metta World Peace had a season-high 24 points for the Lakers.

And as the Spurs and Lakers get set to tangle in the Alamo City, here are five things to watch for during the game:

• The Spurs are 18-4 when Danny Green connects on two-or-more three-pointers in a game.

• In their last 10 overall games, the Lakers are 4-6 against the Spurs.

• In 54 regular season games including 49 starts against San Antonio, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.3 points per game, the 9th lowest ppg average against an opposing team in his career.
• The Lakers are 12-2 when they are ahead (or tied) after three quarters.
• The Lakers are 0-6 in games decided by 7-9 points.