The best teams of the NBA are still around and the NBA has never been more competitive.
Here are 10 teams that have been around for decades and have done so well over time.
LOS ANGELES — The Lakers have been the NBA’s best team since 1994, when Kobe Bryant was still playing.
They have won an NBA-record 60 consecutive games dating back to that season.
Since then, the Lakers have gone 13-0 and are tied for second in the Western Conference with an NBA record 47 wins.
Los Angeles has won 10 of its last 12 games, including a three-game sweep of the defending champion Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.
The Lakers are playing at a level that would rival the likes of the San Antonio Spurs, which went 13-1 in the final month of the 2011-12 season.
The Kings have won the last five meetings between these teams, including the first four meetings in L.A. since 1995.
The Thunder have won six of the last seven meetings, including an overtime win in Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
The Grizzlies have won four straight against the Lakers, winning three of them by double digits.
They’re tied for third in the West with 31 victories.
The Mavericks have won their last five games against the Kings.
The Jazz are 6-2 against the L.L. Lakers, who are 6.5 games ahead of them in the division standings.
The Rockets are 5-4 against the Suns, who have won five straight against them.
The Blazers are 6, 2, 3 against the Pelicans.
They were 3-2 when playing in Los Angeles, and they’re 4-2 now.
The 76ers are 6 to 0 in the last nine meetings between the teams, though the Suns have won two of them.
This is the first time the Lakers and Suns have played each other in Los Vegas since 2012.
This series is tied for the second-longest streak in NBA history.
This will be the first meeting between the Lakers in Lousiville since 2009.
L.O.V.E. THE BUCKS — The L.I. Lakers won their third straight and third straight over the Kings and have been 5-0 in those games.
This has been an incredible run by the Lakers.
They’ve gone 12-2 in Loyola Marymount, which has been the school for basketball since 1932.
The teams are 6½ games ahead in the Pac-12 standings with a combined record of 53-13.
They are 10th in the league in field goal percentage and 10th on the offensive glass.
LOUISVILLE — The Louisville Cardinals are 61-13 over the last two seasons against the Sacramento Kings, winning 10 of the 12 games.
They rank first in the nation in points scored per game (15.1) and are 15th in rebounds per game.
The Cardinals are 5½ games behind the Wildcats in the ACC standings, with a record of 10-4.
The Wildcats are 3-1 when playing at Louisville.
The Lancers are 2-6 when playing against the Cardinals, losing two of those.
They also are 3½ games back of the Cardinals in the Big East standings.
This should be a fun matchup for Louisville.