Found May 22, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder hopes to make more noise in the Western Conference finals that it did last year. A year after losing in five games to the Dallas Mavericks for a berth in the NBA Finals, the Thunder will play the San Antonio Spurs in the West's championship series. Game 1 will be Sunday in San Antonio. Setting up the matchup with the top-seeded Spurs wasn't much of a problem for second-seeded Oklahoma City, which closed out the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. Russell Westbrook scored a team-high 28 points, Kevin Durant added 25 points, and the Thunder won 106-90 in Game 5 on Monday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 42 points, and Pau Gasol had 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for the Lakers. While continuing its rapid rise to elite status, the Thunder got a small measure of redemption from two seasons ago, when the Lakers ousted a younger, more inexperienced Oklahoma City squad in six games in the ...
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