The top-seeded San Antonio Spurs made the Western Conference Finals for the ninth time since 1997 and third consecutive year on Wednesday defeating the fifth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in five games in the conference semifinals.
San Antonio swept the Memphis Grizzlies and fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder during six games the last two seasons in the West Finals.
The Spurs were able to earn another Western Conference Finals trip due to incredible energy during the first half scoring 65, 70 and 60 points. On Monday at Portland, however, San Antonio trailed 50-48 at intermission after heading to the locker rooms up by 26, 19 and 20 the first three contests.
Wednesday was more to the Spurs’ liking, despite being even after the first, going to the break with a 51-44 advantage. San Antonio coasted from thereon to a 104-82 victory as the Blazers found themselves down by as many as 28 points late.