Faint chants could be heard as Andrew Goudelock stepped to the free-throw line late in the first quarter.

“MVP!” fans yelled halfheartedly inside Staples Center, as if they were almost embarrassed it had come to this for the Lakers.

The newly minted most valuable player of the Development League did what he could in a performance worthy of basketball's biggest stage Friday night, but there was no saving the Lakers during a 120-89 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Goudelock was supposed to be in Puerto Rico after recently signing with a professional team there. Instead, he found himself in a Lakers' netherworld, starting alongside Darius Morris after injuries sidelined guards Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks.

The player that Bryant had dubbed the Mini-Mamba last season came up huge with a career-high 20 points on eight-for-17 shooting, and it wasn't nearly enough as the Lakers fell into a 3-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.

“I'm not used to losing like that,” Goudelock said, “but in the same breath I think I showed a little bit of something that I can do and moving forward maybe it will give them a little confidence in me.”

Goudelock learned about an hour and a half before the game that he was starting from Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person.

He didn't exactly cower in a corner of the trainer's room.

“Nobody expects anything from me,” he said before the game. “The pressure is on the big fella and the big fella over there. I'm just a guy that got a good opportunity. Whether I do well or not, nobody's going to care. Twitter might rip me up, but I'm so used to that. I turn off my phone and I'll be fine. They'll forget in two days.”