For much of the season, it appeared San Antonio was destined for the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference playoff seedings. Oklahoma City was supposed to be the class of the West, if not the league.
Well, the Spurs have had something to say about that.
San Antonio's 10-game winning streak, plus a three-game skid by the Thunder, has catapulted the Spurs to the top of the conference. The Spurs won 11 straight earlier this season.
Technically, San Antonio (39-14) and OKC (40-15) are tied, but the Spurs have the edge by percentage points, and thus begin Saturday atop the West standings.
"It's always nice to be No. 1," Manu Ginobili said. "It's not something easy to accomplish, especially with the difference that we had earlier in the season.
"The truth is that we have a really tough schedule ahead. We have 13 games in 19 days, with back-to-back-to-backs. So we don't want to get crazy about it. We just have to keep winning, keep playing well together and if the one seed comes, great. If not, we're happy with two, too."
The Spurs have another stretch of four games in five nights beginning with a home-road back-to-back Sunday and Monday against Utah. The Lakers (Wednesday) and Memphis (Thursday) then visit San Antonio.
The Spurs don't have any more games against the Thunder, and San Antonio owns the tiebreaker by winning the season series.
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