All good things must come to an end.
With a 92-78 loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Clippers have snapped their 17-game winning streak. Fortunately, NBA's YouTube channel has provided us with the Top 10 plays of their franchise-record stretch.
And what a memorable time it was.
The Clippers' 17 consecutive victories marked the sixth-longest winning streak in NBA history. It was the lengthiest since the 2008 Boston Celtics won 19 consecutive.
They also won seven consecutive games by at least 10 points, which ranks fourth all-time.
So how did it all go down?
Over the span of their 17-game winning streak, the Clippers finished the month of December without a single loss. They also averaged 104.7 points scored and 89.5 points allowed per game.
Their average margin of victory was 15.2 points per contest.
Even as they tasted defeat, the Clippers held the NBA's eighth-ranked scoring offense to 92 points. In other words, their level of defensive play remains elite.
The Clippers may have lost their winning streak, but their level of 2012-13 greatness is still in tact. Most importantly, their spirits are still high:
#Clippers locker room was the opposite of what you'd think. Music still playing; jokes still being cracked.— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) January 2, 2013
This team is legitimate, folks. Instead of questioning their defeat, we must acknowledge the 2012-13 Clippers' legendary success.
Just don't get too nostalgic. They'll be around all year.