The Oklahoma City Thunder clinched their spot in the NBA Finals with a win over the San Antonio Spurs, 107-99 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on June 6th.
Thunder forward Kevin Durant, second in the MVP voting, scored 34 points with 14 rebounds against the Spurs.
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook scored 25 points in the win.
The Spurs had control of the lead in Game 6, before the Thunder took the lead after rallying from an 18-point deficit with 9:32 left in the 4th quarter.
Durant and the Thunder have achieved a higher result then the season before.
Last season was their first appearance in the Western Conference since moving to Oklahoma City from Seattle in 2008.
The young Thunder team were defeated in its first appearance in the conference finals by Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, who eventually went on to win the NBA Championship.
The Thunder found itself right back in the Western Finals for the second consecutive season.
With a western conference title added to their trophy case, the Thunder will look to win their second NBA title in franchise history.
The first and only NBA championship the franchise had won was in 1979 when the team was named the Seattle Supersonics.
The biggest question that needs to be answered now is who will the Thunder play in the Finals.
With an unsuccessful attempt to close the Eastern Conference Final series in Boston, the Celtics must now travel to play the Miami Heat, who are the defending Eastern Conference champion.
The Heat defeated the Celtics 98-79, snapping the Celtics’ three game win streak that have them the series lead.
LeBron James proved why he was the 2012 MVP in the regular season, with a strong performance in Game 6.
James scored 45 points with 15 rebounds and fiveassists to keep his team from elimination in Game 6.
James made six of his first seven shots and had 14 of the Heat’s 26 points in the first quarter.
James nearly outscored the Celtics by himself with 14 points after the Celtics ended the first quarter with only 16 points.
James scored 30 of his 45 total points in the first half.
The Heat are looking to make their second straight NBA finals appearance.
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo scored 21 points with 10 assists, four rebounds, and three steals in the Game 6 loss.
The Celtics and Heat will play in the first conference final Game 7 in seven years.