Five statistical takeaways from Tuesday night’s Game 5 that will make for mostly unpleasant reading for the San Antonio Spurs:
*The 103-81 defeat is the Spurs’ most lopsided playoff setback since a 101-71 loss to Lakers in the 2008 Western Conference finals. It’s Dallas’ biggest playoff win since another 22-point triumph over San Antonio in the teams’ epic series in 2006.
*San Antonio shot just 35.6 percent from the floor for their worst showing from the field in a playoff game since a first-round game against Memphis in 2004.
*Tim Duncan is averaging 7.5 points on 22.2 percent in the two games since he turned 34 on Sunday. In the first three games of the series, Duncan averaged 25.7 points.
*Manu Ginobili is 6-23 from the field over the past two games since sustaining a broken nose in Game 3.
*The consolation is minimal here, but the Elias Sports Bureau reports that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich still has the best record in league history in potential series-clinching game. In spite of Tuesday’s defeat, Popovich is 24-9 in possible clinchers, good for a winning percentage of .727. The Lakers’ Phil Jackson is next on the list (minimum 15 games) at 51-21 (.708), followed by Bill Fitch (11-5) and Johnny Kundla (20-12).