In the first round, Oklahoma City swept the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. In the semifinals, the Thunder knocked out league royalty, the Los Angeles Lakers, in five games. And Wednesday’s win over the Spurs was as fine of a finish as we’ve seen.
The Thunder came back from an 18-point first half deficit and outscored the Spurs 59-36 in the second half to earn its first Finals appearance.
“As sad and disappointed as we are, you really have to think about it almost like a Hollywood script for OKC in a sense,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
“They went through Dallas, last year’s NBA champion, then they went through the Lakers, then they went through us. Those three teams represent 10 of the last 13 championships, and now they’re going to go to The Finals and play either Boston or Miami, and that’ll be 11 of the last 13 championships.
“I don’t know if anybody has ever had a run or gone through a playoff playing those kinds of teams. It’s just incredible, and I think it’s pretty cool for them.”