For anybody that did not know, the San Antonio Spurs mean business.
After cruising into the Western Conference semi-finals with a series sweep over the Memphis Grizzlies, they saw off the Oklahoma City Thunder with ease during game one at the AT&T Center.
The most eagerly anticipated series of the playoffs so far failed to live up to its billing on Saturday night as Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge proved too hot to handle.
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San Antonio held a 23-point lead after the first quarter and stretched their advantage by a further ten points before half-time. The Thunder had accumulated 40 points at the interval while Leonard and Aldridge had combined for 45 of the Spurs' 73.
Aldridge was the difference maker for Gregg Popovich's team as he ended the night with 38 points. He shot an amazing 78.3 percent from his 23 field goal attempts and also pulled down six boards.
Leonard had five assists, as many rebounds and added 25 to the scoresheet as he shot an equally impressive 76.9 percent from the field.
The veteran trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had a quiet scoring night as they combined for just 16 points - but the point guard provided 12 assists for his teammates.
For the Thunder, it was a tough evening for their superstar duo. Russell Westbrook shot just 26.3 percent from the field on his 19 attempts - including three misses from downtown - for his 14 points.
Kevin Durant dropped 16 as Serge Ibaka led the team in scoring with 19 points in Texas.
Durant and Westbrook will have to improve quickly if they want to keep this series alive. Game Two takes place at 2:30a.m. on Tuesday.