It had all the trappings of a feel-good Hollywood story, but the only feel-good the Lakers need at the moment is an Achilles' insta-cure, some more Metta-physical knee ointment and a cool sip from the fountain of youth.

But no, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash weren't limping out from behind that door. Metta World Peace, who had a cyst behind his surgically repaired knee drained earlier in the day, couldn't answer the bell for the second half.

What was left of the Lakers had to endure the punishment themselves. And as might be appropriate for the 2012-13 Lakers, it was surgical precision from the San Antonio Spurs, who scored a 120-89 victory over the depleted Lakers on Friday to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 Western Conference first-round series.

The Lakers' final chapter of a bizarre season could be written on Sunday in Game 4 at Staples Center. Will it be worse than the worst home defeat in Lakers playoff history?

"It's not smooth, nobody likes it, nobody's happy," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I definitely don't fault the effort or the will of the guys. They want to do it.

"We'll try to get some energy on Sunday. We'll play as hard as we can play and hope it will work out a little bit better."

Bryant was in the building but didn't make it to the court. Restless and frustrated as the Spurs' lead grew to 33 points, Lakers fans chanted "We want Phil!"

Jackson wasn't behind any doors, either.

Inevitability was in the air. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker made that clear early, and when the Spurs stepped on the gas in the third quarter the Lakers couldn't even get within rear-view mirror range.

They might be even more short-handed for Game 4. World Peace said he would not be playing Sunday, but the Lakers "will win" and he would be back for Game 5 in San Antonio.

The new guards replacing Nash (hamstring) and Steve Blake (hamstring), Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris, acquitted themselves well.

Goudelock even got the Bryant "M-V-P" chant while taking first-half free throws.

After all, he was the D-League MVP.

Goudelock surpassed his career high of 14 points and had 20. Morris had 24 points and six assists.