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Spurs own No. 1 seed, wait for Jazz-Suns showdown

The Sports Xchange

The Spurs wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with Monday's 124-89 pounding of Portland in San Antonio. The Spurs are 48-16 with two games left, and caught be caught by Oklahoma City.

"The best thing about it is not really the opportunity to rest guys or anything," Stephen Jackson said. "That is the first step to our goal to win the West. Our goal is to win the championship, but our first step was winning the West and we are on pace. That is the best thing about it. We want to be ready to go come Saturday."

The Spurs will face either Utah, which is currently in eighth place, or Phoenix in the first round. Those two teams play each other Tuesday. Utah clinches the eighth seed with a win.

When asked if he was interested in the Utah-Phoenix outcome, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich replied: "Well, everybody wants to know who they play."

The playoffs begin in San Antonio on Saturday or Sunday. The Spurs are still at Phoenix on Wednesday before closing out the regular season Thursday at Golden State.

The Spurs (48-16) have won eight consecutive games, nine of their last 11, 22 of their last 25 and an NBA-best 36 in their last 43 games while having the best record in the West.

That run helped San Antonio clinch the playoffs for their 15th consecutive season, which is the longest active streak in the NBA.

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