The first couple of minutes were a bit worrying. The Spurs were missing threes and not getting back on D after those long rebounds. That's a bad combination and exactly the type of inattention that can keep a game against the Lakers close. Fortunately, the defense tightened up as the minutes went by and the suddenly the Spurs' turn to go running down the floor for easy transition points after steals & blocks.

Once the benches checked in, the obvious talent disparity between the two teams became even more pronounced. The Spurs moved the ball and attacked the paint relentlessly against a Lakers defense that seemed disinterested or unable to stop them. The 15 point difference at the end of the quarter accurately reflected how lopsided things were and pretty much sealed the fate of the game.

As the second quarter started, the Spurs' bench started getting a little too unselfish and daring, trying to make impossible passes. But the Lakers subs were so inept on both ends that it didn't cost the Spurs. After a bit of a rocky start, the offense started clicking again and since the Lakers couldn't decrease the deficit, Pop decided to use this game to experiment with lineups and give his stars rest. That's why we were treated to a Joseph, Belinelli, Green, Bonner, Baynes unit with 9:25 to go in the second quarter. It was one of those games.

The Spurs got hot from three, going 5-10 in the second quarter and things really got out of hand. Going into the break, the lead was 61-34 and the member of the Big Three that had logged the most minutes was Tim Duncan at 10:25.

There's really not a lot more to add. The starters came back to start the second half but quickly were sent to the bench to rest. Every member of the Big Three played 15 minutes or less and no Spur played more than 26. The Lakers kept on missing shots, leaving knockdown shooters open in the secondary break and doing jarring things like double-teaming Jeff Ayres in the post while the Spurs got whatever they wanted en route to arguably their easiest win of the season, 119-85. That's their 9th win in a row and a league-leading 49th for the season.