The Oklahoma City Thunder powered their way past the Los Angeles Lakers and set themselves up for a real challenge in the West Conference Finals. The final game in this series was fueled by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who stayed on the court longer than usual but showed no signs of flagging in beating Los Angeles 106-90 in front of the hometown crowd. In topping the Lakers the Thunder set themselves up for a series with the San Antonio Spurs, who’ve got a little momentum of their own.
It all begins on Sunday night in San Antonio, where Oklahoma City will have to find a way to beat a Spurs team that hasn’t lost in 18 games, including an 8-0 run in the playoffs. With four days of rest, Oklahoma City has plenty of time to consider what they’ve accomplished. It must all seem so sweet, playing in the Conference Finals by eliminating the team that dealt out the heartbreak the last time they met. But if the Oklahoma City Thunder want to erase all the bad memories they’ll have to do it against a team that seems almost unbeatable.