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The Oklahoma City Thunder overcome the Spurs to progress to the Western Conference finals

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have set up a mouthwatering Western Conference finals showdown with the Golden State Warriors after defeating the San Antonio Spurs in six games. 

The franchise advanced to its fourth conference finals in the last six seasons with a dominant 113-99 win over the Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.  

OKC bounced back from a 32-point loss in game one to take four of the following five games to overcome the second best team in the west who had ended the campaign with a franchise-best 67 wins.   

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Most experts had predicted a meeting between the Warriors and Spurs was a mere formality but Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the men from Oklahoma City had other ideas. 

KD led all scorers with 37 points on 12-of-24 shooting in an impressive elimination game in which the Thunder were up by as much as 28 at one point in the third quarter.

Westbrook added another double-double - his ninth of the postseason, more than any other player - with 28 points and 12 assists.

San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

The biggest story of the night for OKC, however, was Andre Roberson. The shooting guard, who's not known for his scoring, had a career-high 14 points and was huge on both ends of the floor for the home team also contributing seven rebounds and two blocks. 

Center Steven Adams also continued his terrific showing in the series by adding a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in front of another great atmosphere in the Thunder's house. 

OKC had the upper hand in the series ever since they won game four and never looked back. The three straight wins that followed that were all more impressive than the previous one. 

San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

Billy Donovan's outfit was quicker, fitter, younger and simply better than Gregg Popovich's team in what was the best series of the playoffs so far. 

The evening felt like the end of an era for the Spurs with question marks over the future of the team's big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili heading into next year. 

The Big Fundamental, despite a subdued series before last night, did roll back the years as he dropped 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field. 

San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

Ginobili posted just five points off the bench in 23 minutes of action and Parker had just six points as he was benched for the majority of the second half. 

Kawhi Leonard had a team-high 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge recorded a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds.

The visitors mounted a fourth quarter comeback but they ultimately gave themselves too much of a mountain to climb, especially as they only mustered 32 points in the first half and were down by 18 at the interval.  

San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

Duncan - a five-time champion - gave a salute to the Thunder crowd as he departed the court and it could also be a farewell to the NBA too. 

The best power forward in the league's history turned 40 in April and after a playoff campaign in which his age seemed to get the better of him, he may call time on an illustrious career. 

His decision - and Ginobili's - will shape how the Spurs approach their offseason and what they need to do in order to compete again. 

San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

San Antonio is a championship winning organisation so, make no mistake about it, they will be back.

The Thunder, though, roll on and continue in their pursuit of the first championship in franchise history but things don't get any easier as they must overcome one of the greatest teams of all-time. 

The Dubs won the season series 3-1, which included the best game of the regular season and THAT Steph Curry shot. 

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder

With Durant, Westbrook, Curry, and Klay Thompson ready to do battle for a place in the NBA finals, it's time to buckle up as it'll be a hell of a ride. 

Topics:
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Tim Duncan
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant

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