It was business as usual for the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks after Thanksgiving, as both franchises picked up where they left off before the break.
The Lakers led by as many as 39 points in a 125-103 home win over the Washington Wizards, while the Bucks withstood a three-point avalanche from Cleveland to win 119-110.
The Lakers are now a league-best 17-2, while the Bucks move to 16-3, as they continue to solidify their place at the top of the standings on the back of respective 10-game winning streaks.
Falling behind by 11 points in the first-quarter against the Wizards, the threat of a post-turkey hangover loomed large for the purple and gold, but as has been the case on a nightly basis for Frank Vogel's squad, the superstar duo of Anthony Davis and LeBron James ensured that was no chance.
Davis led all scorers with 26 points and reeled in 13 rebounds, while James had 23 and 11 assists.
The 10-game winning streak is the first for the franchise since the 2009-10 season.
#Lakers won their 10th consecutive game tonight, their first such streak since winning 11 straight during the 2009-10 season (11/17/09-12/11/09)- Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) November 30, 2019
In a continuation of the impressive big man play we have witnessed from the other Lakers on the roster, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard combined for 23 points and 16 rebounds against Washington.
The Lakers are deceptively deep, they play excellent defence, and for now, the entire roster appears to have bought into the system which is a scary thought for the rest of the league.
If you thought the time between ten-game winning streaks for the Lakers was noteable, wait until you hear how long it has been since the Milwaukee Bucks won ten straight.
The last time the Bucks had a winning streak that long, the starting line-up included Sidney Moncrief and Terry Cummings, while Manute Bol was the starting center for the opposition Washington Bullets.
First play of the game... MEAN MUG. #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/XwaK4EYpi6- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 30, 2019
February 1986 was the date, making it just under 33 years since Milwaukee have rattled off a streak of wins this long.
Speaking of streaks, Giannis Antetokounmpo's double-double gives him 19-straight to start the season, which is the longest such run since Bill Walton had 34 in 1976-77.
The 16-3 start is the best opening to a season the franchise has had since the 1971-72 season, and with Antetokounmpo again taking his game to another level, it would be foolish to put a ceiling on the capablities of this team in 2019-20.
The Lakers and Bucks will meet for the first time at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on December 19 (local). Mark this one on your calenders. You will not want to miss it.