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Thunder, Spurs ready to finally settle West's best

FILE - In this March 16, 2012, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9), of France, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Parker had two NBA titles when he was Westbrook's age. That makes the All-Star point guards chasing different legacies in what will be the marquee matchup of the Western Conference Finals. FILE - In this March 16, 2012, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9), of France, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Parker had two NBA titles when he was Westbrook's age. That makes the All-Star point guards chasing different legacies in what will be the marquee matchup of the Western Conference Finals. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
By Paul J. Weber
AP Sports Writer / May 26, 2012
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SAN ANTONIO—Maybe the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder will finally get a challenge this time.

Both teams have simply rolled toward the Western Conference finals that begin Sunday. The Spurs are on an 18-game winning streak, and Oklahoma City and San Antonio are a combined 17-1 in the playoffs so far.

The top-seeded Spurs clobbered Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers by an average of 14 points a game. They're one victory from tying the 2001 Lakers for the longest winning streak kept alive in a postseason.

The Thunder have already sent home the previous two NBA champions, Dallas and the Lakers. Coach Scott Brooks said Saturday that Oklahoma City's success "didn't happen overnight" and that his team will be ready after losing in conference finals last season.

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