The first meeting of so-called WNBA superteams was really just about how super the defending champion Las Vegas Aces are.

The New York Liberty still have three more matchups with the Aces, all in August. In the meantime, though, everyone in the league is looking up to Las Vegas, which beat the Liberty 98-81 at Michelob Ultra Arena in one of Thursday’s biggest shows on the Strip.

“They were really on point tonight and exploited us in many areas,” New York coach Sandy Brondello said. “They’re like a well-oiled machine, really. We’ve got to be a little more disruptive.

“We’re all capable defenders. … You’ve just got to commit to that side of the ball, because that’s what wins championships. Getting our butts kicked like that, that’s a good thing in the end. What are we going to do about it — that’s the key.”

The rest of the WNBA squads get irritated by mention of the moniker superteams, and even the Aces and Liberty don’t seem fond of it. But it did create a buzz for the matchup.

And even if this game wasn’t very close, both teams are typically entertaining.

“I think we play a fun style for the [players] and the fans, as does New York,” Las Vegas coach Becky Hammon said. “Getting up and down — people like to play that way, shooting a lot of 3s. When the ball gets popping and everybody is happy with their teammate’s success, I think that is contagious.”

The Aces earned the superteam label by bringing back their 2022 championship core plus adding two-time MVP Candace Parker and another veteran who has WNBA title experience, Alysha Clark. Meanwhile, the Liberty brought aboard one former MVP via trade, Jonquel Jones, and another, Breanna Stewart, via free agency, which is also how they obtained standout guard Courtney Vandersloot.

The Aces are now 14-1, with their only loss coming to the second-place Connecticut Sun, who are 12-4. The Liberty are in third place at 10-4.