Lynx center Sylvia Fowles is WNBA Finals MVP

Kelly Massey
October 6, 2017

"It's great when the games have drama like we've had with the last-second shots and it's great when the games are close and we've had that", said Lobo.

Minnesota's Maya Moore answered with a runner with 26.5 seconds left to stretch the lead to five, and regular season and Finals MVP Sylvia Fowles hauled in her 20th rebound to seal the game and hit a pair of series-sealing free throws as the crowd serenaded her with an "M-V-P!" chant. The Los Angeles Sparks had stolen a decisive Game 5 victory in the 2016 WNBA Finals on a putback from Nneka Ogwumike.

Los Angeles had trouble finding the rim in the opening minutes, missing its first five shots of the game. It also joined the Golden State Warriors and North Carolina Tar Heels as basketball teams that avenged a 2016 loss in the championship with a 2017 title since the Sparks beat the Lynx in last season's WNBA Finals.

"I'm not a person to make excuses", said Sparks coach Brian Agler.

"Rebounding hurt", Parker said.

The Lynx and Sparks delivered in the finale with the same heart-pounding intensity anyone would expect in any championship game.

The Lynx held a slim 60-56 after three quarters-it was 41-35 at halftime-to set up the dramatic final quarter. With a 7-0 run in a matter of just 20 seconds-exploiting a lost ball turnover from Lindsay Whalen and a bad pass by Sylvia Fowles-the Sparks cut the deficit to three with 34 seconds remaining. Los Angeles turned it over 17 times. Minnesota has now won titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and 2017. Let these Finals, though, also serve as a testament to the quality of team and individual defense in this series beyond Beard or Fowles.

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"They have something to say about numerous crises that are unfolding across our country, and some of what they have to say is informed by their own personal experiences with injustice". It is the highest-rated WNBA Finals since 2003. Alas, that is not the case for the Lynx given the low profile of the WNBA.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve took a calculated risk and kept Whalen on the floor the whole 10 minutes, which usually doesn't happen. "This group deserves to be celebrated for its sustained excellence". "We all want to get to this point in our career where we're playing in a Game 5 and playing for a championship".

Those who have followed the sport know what a special group Minnesota has been.

The Sparks and the Lynx were nearly unquestionably heading to a finals rematch since the start of the season - the teams finished the regular season within one game of each other (Minnesota had the edge) and five games ahead of the third-place New York Liberty.

A win for either team would tie them with the Houston Comets team that dominated the early part of the WNBA as the only teams with four titles to their name.

"The WNBA has a fair number of African-American women who understand what it means to be discriminated on the basis of their race and gender, so they lie on the intersection of a lot of the problems that have beleaguered our country", she says. She works her tail off every single day.

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