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Spurs or Thunder best in West?
The San Antonio Spurs took a 19-game winning streak into Oklahoma City on Thursday night, but did not emerge with 20 straight. Despite leading almost the entire first half, San Antonio fell victim to an 18-7 third-quarter run that put the Thunder in control for good in a 106-94 win. The game almost certainly won't be enough to put OKC back in contention for the West's No. 1 seed, but it certainly confirms that a Spurs-Thunder conference finals could be epic.
What will be NBA's 'final four'?
College basketball this weekend determined its Final Four participants. The NBA? That'll come later. In the Eastern Conference, all season an Indiana Pacers-Miami Heat matchup has seemed inevitable -- but the Pacers have struggled recently (including back-to-back losses to Cleveland and San Antonio) and the Heat haven't been so hot, either. In the West, the San Antonio Spurs have blown up (18 wins in a row) and seem likely to face the Oklahoma City Thunder ... unless the Los Angeles Clippers have something to say about it. What will the matchups be? Who will win the conferences?
Top NBA teams struggling
While the San Antonio Spurs are soaring, three of the league's foremost contenders are sputtering. This isn't to say they're doomed, but the Indiana Pacers (four straight losses), Miami Heat (three) and Oklahoma City Thunder (two, Sunday's coming against the lowly Los Angeles Lakers) haven't looked so formidable in recent days. Which team's stretch is most worrying? How will each fare come playoff time?
LeBron, Durant in tight MVP race
We might have ourselves an NBA MVP race after all. Long considered a firm second behind the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, LeBron James poured in a career-high and Miami Heat-record 61 points on Monday night against the Charlotte Bobcats -- Miami's eighth straight win. James still trails Durant in scoring and player efficiency rating, but the Heat (43-14) now sit above the Thunder (45-15) in the overall standings. Who gets your vote today? Who will win it in the end?