Western Conference

NBA Playoffs: Western Conference First Round PreviewThe NBA regular season has come to an end and now we've got the marathon of playoff basketball to take us to Mid-June. The Western Conference was stacked as usual during the regular season and provides multiple options for teams that could end up representing in the Finals.
Avalanche Back In Playoffs, Focus On WildAs the season went along and the Colorado Avalanche kept winning and winning, they broadened their ambitions: From simply making the playoffs to accumulating 100 points to capturing a division title.
Avs Acquire Goaltender Reto Berra From FlamesThe Colorado Avalanche didn't tinker too much with their roster at the trade deadline, making only a minor move to acquire goaltender Reto Berra from the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.
NBA Playoff ScheduleConference Finals have arrived. See the official schedule of games, scores and seedings.
Youthful Nuggets Among The Top Contenders In WestThe Denver Nuggets have turned into a trendy pick this season to be a top contender in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
NBA Western Conference Finals Matchup And PredictionBack in 1999, while Prince was partying, the NBA played a 50 game strike-shortened season that ended with the San Antonio Spurs being crowned champions. That first title for the Spurs began their odd dynasty as they would win the NBA Finals in only odd number years (2003, ‘05, and ’07).
Lakers Season Comes To An End After Game 5 LossRussell Westbrook scored 28 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-90 to eliminate the Lakers in five games.
Thunder Comeback Again To Take 3-1 Lead Against LakersRussell Westbrook scored 10 of his 37 points during a stirring fourth-quarter comeback, Kevin Durant added 31 points and hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder seized control of the second-round series with a 103-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 on Saturday night.
Durant Misses 3-Pointer In Final Seconds As Lakers Take Game 3Kobe Bryant didn't miss on 18 free throws and scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied late for a 99-96 victory over Oklahoma City in Game 3 on Friday night, cutting the Thunder's second-round series lead to 2-1.
Lakers Collapse In Final Minutes To Hand Thunder 2-0 Series LeadKevin Durant scored 22 points and rattled in the go-ahead basket on a baseline runner with 18 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder scored the final nine points to rally for a 77-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night.
Lakers Crushed By Thunder In Game 1Russell Westbrook had 27 points and nine assists, Kevin Durant added 25 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder blasted the weary Los Angeles Lakers 119-90 on Monday night in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals.
Metta's Defense Makes Difference To Lead Lakers Past Nuggets In Game 7Pau Gasol had 23 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, Metta World Peace scored 15 points in his return from a seven-game suspension, and the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Denver Nuggets for a thrilling 96-87 victory in Game 7 on Saturday night to win their first-round series.

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