The upset of the 2015-16 NBA regular season went down on Sunday, as the bottom-dwelling Los Angeles Lakers pounded the historically dominant Golden State Warriors and gave them their sixth loss of the season. Or, as Kobe Bryant put it in the middle of the game, the Lakers “beat the sh*t out of them.”
We all know how colorfully profane Kobe can be, and this isn’t exactly revolutionary advice, but it’s still cool to see Mamba in full mentor mode, encouraging the young Lakers to put their foot on the Warriors’ throats and prevent them from getting back into the game. Even if Kobe only scored 12 points, his attitude permeated the Lakers’ play on the day, as they got their best win of the season.
With their sixth loss, the Warriors’ quest for that magical 73-9 record hit a serious bump in the road. They still have multiple games against the second-best team in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs, left to go, and can ill afford slip-ups against the lesser lights of the league. The Lakers don’t have worries like that in a season caught between rebuilding and Kobe’s farewell tour, but for one night, those two seemingly contradictory motivations finally aligned on Sunday. At least Kobe can say he beat these Warriors — and you know he will.
(H/t Bleacher Report)