The San Antonio Spurs suffered a humbling home loss at the hands of conference rivals the L.A. Clippers last night.
It was a game the Spurs and their head coach Gregg Popovich will want to put behind them after the team gave up 73 points in the first half - the most during Pop's reign as head coach.
San Antonio were at sixes and sevens on defence in the first 24 minutes and couldn't live with the offensive power of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Co.
The Spurs' performance at the AT&T Center was summed up by one moment in the second quarter as Pau Gasol, who was acquired as a veteran replacement for the retired Tim Duncan, was nutmegged by Paul.
CP3 went on to miss the floater but his slick move to bypass the two-time champion was one of the highlights of his near triple-double performance.
San Antonio and L.A. are two of the major players in the Western Conference, and the Clippers' huge 116-92 win certainly lays down a marker.
Popovich and the Spurs have never really been too hung up on regular season records, but two home losses already this campaign will certainly be a wake-up call. As for the Clippers, they are relying on fitness throughout the year but have started very well.