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Spurs reach NBA finals

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

LOS ANGELES - San Antonio Spurs duo Patrick Mills and Aron Baynes have a chance to join Luc Longley and Andrew Gaze in Australian basketball's most elite club.

The Spurs eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA's Western Conference Finals on Monday with a 93-86 victory, sweeping the series 4-0.

"It is pretty special," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who is seeking his fifth NBA championship since 1999, told reporters.

"I'm just proud of the group the way they worked all year long to get there."

The Spurs last won a championship in 2007 and will play the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.

Miami lead the series 2-1.

Canberra-born point guard Mills had little court time in the Memphis series, while Baynes is on the Spurs' inactive roster, but if the team defeat the Heat or Indiana in the best-of-seven finals beginning June 6, the two Australians will earn an NBA Championship ring.

Longley won three rings with Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls in the 1990s while Gaze earned one with the Spurs in 1999.

The Spurs also feature US-born assistant coach Brett Brown, who was head coach of the Australian team at last year's Olympics in London.