The San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the NBA, but sure didn't look like it today.
Playing on their home court, the Spurs were down 12-10 in the first quarter. After that, the defending NBA-champion Lakers put on a clinic, embarrassing the Spurs with a blowout victory, 99-83, in a final score that wasn't an indication of how much the Lakers dominated.
After beating the Miami Heat by 30 points on Friday, the Spurs learned what it felt like to be on the receiving end of a very one-sided loss.
It was the seventh win in a row for the Lakers, who got off to an auspicious start to their tough road trip.
Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 26 points on 12-of-25 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Pau Gasol added 21 points.
The Lakers big man shot two three-pointers in the game, and made one of them. Gasol hadn't attempted a three-point shot all season.
It was that type of day for the Lakers.
The Spurs trailed by a whopping 28 points at halftime, their worst deficit at the break in team history. The largest Lakers' lead was 32 points.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Lakers had only two turnovers.
Small forward Matt Barnes made his long-anticipated return to the Lakers after having knee surgery. NBA iron man Derek Fisher was in the lineup as well, despite elbow problems, extending his consecutive-game streak to 477.
Before today's game, the Spurs had beaten the Lakers twice this season, with Tony Parker leading the way. The point guard scored 14 points in the losing effort.
This game didn't look like the same Spurs team who blew out Miami on Friday. It was only their third home loss of the season, and their first since late November.
The Lakers improve to a record of 45 wins and 19 losses, while the Spurs drop to 51 and 12, but still own the best record in the NBA.