The Golden State Warriors cruised to their second straight victory over the Los Angeles Lakers last night - their 10th consecutive win since losing at Staples in early November - but it was far from vintage.
L.A. were without D'Angelo Russell, who looks set to miss a couple of weeks of action, Julius Randle and Nick Young, and were always up against it on their home floor.
Golden State's big four; Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green combined for 83 of the team's 109 points in the 24-point win, and while there were some brilliant highlights, there was also evidence that these Warriors are not immortal.
Durant continued his incredibly consistent scoring output with 29 and put the Lakers' Tarik Black on skates with a move that left the crowd in the Staples Center thoroughly impressed. The 2014 MVP sized up his opposition, crossed him over and pulled up for the jump shot.
However, there was definite Shaqtin' a fool moment for Curry, who finished with 24 points on his return to the arena that saw his incredible run of three-point shooting come to an end.
In the second quarter, with the Warriors up by five, the back-to-back MVP ran the one-man fast break but unbelievably managed to fluff his lines and miss a wide open dunk. It's not clear what the end goal actually was, but Shaquille O'Neal will have a field day.