The Golden State Warriors were on the receiving end of what many are calling the 'biggest upset in NBA history' on Sunday night.
That's after the Los Angeles Lakers, arriving in the game on a 12-51 record, ran out 112-96 winners over the reigning champions at Staples Center.
Just their sixth loss of what has been an incredible season, the defeat serves as a wake-up call for the Warriors and, speaking after the defeat, both their players and staff attempted to explain the shock result.
"It’s actually pretty easy to explain,” said Golden State head coach, Steve Kerr via CSN. “It’s the NBA, and if you’re not ready to play, anything can happen, and we weren’t ready.
“We had zero attention span out there at either end of the floor. Our guards were leaking out, not helping on the glass, turning ball over, over and over again. Not following the scouting report defensively. Not putting any pressure on the ball.”
For every bit as good as the Lakers were, Sunday night's performance certainly wasn't what players, analysts and fans have come to expect from the Warriors during the 2015-16 season.
The Bay Area franchise gave up 20 turnovers against the Lakers, whilst the entire roster combined to miss 26 of 30 three-point attempts. The cumulative efforts of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson produced just one shot from beyond the arc from 18 attempts.
Curry, who sat for the latter stages of the game as the Warriors accepted defeat, wasn't making any excuses for his or his teammates' performance:
"It was just a bad performance all the way through,” this year's runaway MVP candidate told the media.
"We didn’t have much energy to start the game for whatever reason and they played well obviously.
“They were very aggressive [and] executed pretty well. We turned the ball over too much in the first half and didn’t give ourselves any opportunities.”
The Warriors struggled to find an answer to the Lakers' young backcourt - Jordan Clarkson leading the team with 25 points and D'Angelo Russell adding 21 - whilst the win will most likely be the Lakers' high watermark in this Kobe Bryant's farewell tour.
“The Lakers played a great game, and I’m happy for them; I really am,” Kerr continued.
“That’s a tough season to go through, and it’s no fun to be on that end of things. This was a great win for them and they deserve it, and I’m happy for them. We got what we deserved.”
Sitting on a 55-6 record, the GSW coach can afford to be humble in defeat and, considering the statistical anomalies thrown up on Sunday night, the defeat is no reason for the Warriors to panic.
If they want to go on and beat the Chicago Bulls' 72-win season, however, they can't afford many more performances like the one they came up with in L.A.