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LA Sparks Win WNBA Championship: Their Dramatic Defeat Of The Minnesota Lynx

Thu, October 20, 2016 10:26pm EDT by Beth Shilliday 1 Comment

What an incredible game! The Los Angeles Sparks are the new WNBA Champs with an incredibly tight victory over the Minnesota Lynx in a battle for the ages. Both teams were so evenly matched and incredibly talented, but ultimately it was the Sparks that emerged triumphant with a score of 77-76.

Whew, we knew this was going to be an epic matchup as both teams were so hungry for victory Oct. 20. The Minnesota Lynx were on the prowl to repeat as WNBA champs, while the Los Angeles Sparks were hoping for their first league victory since 2002. It all came down to an incredibly explosive fourth quarter that saw both teams tied 44-44 going in. The Sparks jumped out ahead and with only seven minutes left in the game were up by eight points, but the Lynx wouldn’t be denied, having an incredible rally, tying it up 73-73 with :36 to go on the clock. In a quick back and forth, before we new it the buzzer hit and it was 77-76, and the Sparks players erupted in joy!

The Lynx’ standout star Maya Moore, 27, totally stepped up for the challenge, wanting to bring the league’s bragging rights in front of her hometown fans. The Lynx wanted a two-peat SO badly and rallied back SO hard but in the end it was just one point that made the difference between league championship or tragic defeat. Candace Parker proved to be such a key for the Sparks, who are finally the WNBA champs for the first time in 14 years!

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The series has been such a nail-biter, with the Sparks taking game one by only two points, while the Lynx answered back big time in game two with a 79-60 drubbing. But all their firepower disappeared when it came to game three as the Sparks pounded the Lynx 92-75. They could have won the WNBA championship with a victory in game four, but even with home court advantage they let the game slip away in the last five minutes as Lynx superstar Maya led explosive play to force a dramatic showdown in game five for bragging rights as the best team in the WNBA.

After the Lynx managed to keep their season — and the WNBA championship hopes alive — their coach Cheryl Reeve said “This is what a Finals game should look like. Both teams left it all out on the floor.” And what a final it turned out to be! Congrats to both teams for playing their hearts out and giving the fans such a memorable game.

HollywoodLifers, are you happy with who won? Which team were you rooting for?