NBA schedule: Thunder face Spurs in battle of Western Conference elite

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The Thunder face the Spurs for the third of four meetings this season on Monday in San Antonio. Oklahoma City has won five in a row and would move into a tie for first in the West with a victory.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will visit the San Antonio Spurs on Monday in a showdown between the two best teams in the Western Conference. The game is one of five on the night in the NBA.

The Spurs are currently atop the West with a record of 48-15, but the Thunder are riding a five-game winning streak and just one game back. Oklahoma City extended their winning streak to five on Sunday by beating the Boston Celtics, 91-79.

San Antonio is coming off a surprising blowout loss at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. Damian Lillard took full advantage of Tony Parker's absence and torched the Spurs to the tune of 35 points and nine assists.

San Antonio and Oklahoma City have split the first two meetings this season. The Spurs grabbed a hard-fought 86-84 victory at home on Nov. 1, while the Thunder returned the favor at home on Dec. 17 with a 107-93 win.

The night's other marquee game will be going down out on the West Coast, where the Golden State Warriors are hosting the New York Knicks. The Knicks are hoping that Carmelo Anthony will return to the lineup from a knee injury, although they did just fine without him in a blowout of the Jazz on Saturday. The Warriors will be looking for another big performance from Stephen Curry, who scored a career-high 54 points against the Knicks on Feb. 27.

Here's the full schedule via SI.com (all times Eastern):

Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 p.m.

Detroit Pistons at Utah Jazz, 9 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns, 10 p.m.

New York Knicks at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m.

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