The Golden State Warriors emerged victorious in the hugely anticipated Finals rematch against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day.
The encounter lived up to its billing as the Dubs came out with a 99-92 win in front of a typically raucous crowd at Oracle Arena.
The contest remained close for much of the night but the defending champions managed to come out on top thanks to some crucial defensive plays down the stretch.
Kevin Durant was huge on both ends of the floor for the Warriors as he finished the game with 25 points, seven rebounds, three assists and five blocks.
By contrast, his counterpart LeBron James didn't enjoy his best game of the season by his ridiculously high standards as he put up 20 points, six rebounds and six assists on just 7-of-18 shooting.
Regardless of LeBron's struggles in Oakland, head coach Steve Kerr believes the three-time champion is playing the best basketball of his career.
He was full of praise for the Cavs superstar in the build-up to the clash and has always remained consistent with his respect for the King and has been astonished by what he's been able to produce in his 15th year in the league.
“I was thinking about it on the drive in — how many players are [better] in year 15 than in year 10?” Kerr said, according to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “And then especially when you’re talking about superstars. Go down the list.
"Anyone can do their own rankings, where LeBron ranks among the all-time greats. Go down the list: Michael (Jordan), (Larry) Bird, Magic (Johnson), Wilt (Chamberlain), Kareem (Abdul Jabbar), Bill Russell. A lot of them didn’t even get to 15 years. Were any of them better in year 15 than in year 10? I can’t imagine.
“So, what he (James) has done with his game is just incredible, He’s always been the dominant, physical force from year one. But the skill at this point is better than it’s ever been. So you always have to contend with him in many ways. It feels like you have to contend with him in even more ways now.”
LBJ's numbers this season certainly back up Kerr's claims as he's having the best offensive campaign of his illustrious career so far.
The four-time MVP is averaging 28.1 points, 9.1 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game and is a leading candidate for the NBA's top individual honor once again.
James may have struggled against the Warriors but it just shows he's human and can have a bad night. It shouldn't diminish what is already shaping up to be his best ever season.