Despite receiving much less coverage than plenty of other rivalries in the NBA, this one has been a perpetually grueling matchup.
Since Tim Duncan was drafted in 1997, these two squads have met six times in the playoffs; Los Angeles holds the edge, having won four of those.
Each of those six times, however, the winner of the series has gone on to reach the NBA Finals, and they've won the championship on four of those trips.
And that's just in the past 15 years.
It's almost needless to say, but this rivalry boasts deep roots that extend well beneath the surface.
Such roots also ensure virtually every matchup between the Lakers and Spurs is one to remember.