WNBA Finals 2017: Game 5

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GAME 5 of the WNBA Finals 2017 is HERE!!!!! That’s right, the final match-up of the 2017 season is about to go down tonight, at 8 PM ET on ESPN.

Live from The Barn (Williams Arena, Univ. of Minnesota), the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks will hash it out for all the marbles, in a winner-take-all battle for the 2017 WNBA Title.

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Avoiding elimination, MIN ties series 2-2, with an 80-69 Game 4 victory in L.A. Courtesy photo/Minnesota Lynx

After one heck of a season series (both regular & post-season), these two juggernaut squads have made their way back to the finale – and in an exciting fashion – to show the world what basketball is all about.

After stealing Game 4 to tie the series 2-2, Minnesota will have another shot at becoming WNBA Champions with home court advantage. Despite letting Sunday’s game slip away, L.A. is still in it to win it as both teams look to make history in their title quest. Chasing a dynasty (Houston Comets) for the most championships in WNBA history, with a win tonight, the Lynx or the Sparks will match the Comets in this incredible achievement. Furthermore, L.A. is aiming to become repeat champs, a task not seen in 15 years since 2001, 2002 by the Sparks (2001, 2002, 2016).

Though a win in Game 4 at Staples Center would have been a storybook ending to a phenomenal season, with so much to play for, there’s no doubt L.A. is up for the challenge. But, BEWARE…those Minnesota Lynx are determined to keep tradition alive, and uphold their streak of winning the title every other year, since 2011 (2011, 2013, 2015).

Who will prevail and be crowned 2017 WNBA Champions? Find out tonight on ESPN.

WNBA Finals 2017: Game 4

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Tonight on ESPN, the defending champs: Los Angeles, look to close out this epic Finals rematch at home against the Minnesota Lynx, to become the 2017 WNBA title holder once again.

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Up 2-1, Los Angeles looks to repeat with a win tonight at Staples Center. Courtesy photo/WNBA

With a 2-1 series lead over Minnesota, the Sparks have forced the Lynx into a tight corner putting their season and a shot at the title on the line. A win tonight for the Sparks means L.A. becomes the first team in 15 years to repeat; a task that hasn’t been done since the 2001 and 2002 Sparks squad achieved it.

In Game 3, Nneka Ogwumike and Odyssey Sims led the Sparks with 16 points apiece in the 75-64 victory over Minnesota. Candace Parker added 13 points after a scoreless first quarter due to the Lynxs’ pressure defensive. However, L.A., had a way of making Minnesota uncomfortable as well holding several key players scoreless. Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen were held to zero points, a career first for Augustus in playoff games. Maya Moore led the Lynx with 16 points, while Sylvia Fowles added 15. To avoid elimination tonight, Minnesota has got to lay it all on the line, if they want to force a Game 5 back at The Barn (Williams Arena, MN).

Be sure to tune in tonight at 8:30 PM ET, on ESPN to witness WNBA history.

WNBA Finals 2017: Game 3

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As the 2017 WNBA Finals best of five series shifts to L.A. for Game 3, fans, spectators, and basketball enthusiast alike, will be #WatchingThemWork. Yes, all eyes will be glued on the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx Friday, at 9 PM ET, when the Lynx visit Staples Center in this tight series.

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Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus and L.A.’s Chelsea Gray scrap for a loose ball in Game 2’s thriller. Courtesy photo/ Scott Takushi: Pioneer Press

WNBA FINALS BEST OF FIVE SERIES

After a heartbreaking one point loss in Game 1 of these Finals that was all too familiar, the Lynx came roaring back to start Game 2; giving the Sparks a taste of their own medicine. Minnesota took a 15-point lead in the first eight minutes, holding Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker to a combined 0 for 11 in the first half. League MVP Sylvia Fowles had a record breaking night after the Lynx had a poor effort on the glass in Game 1, where they failed to grab not even one rebound in the opening quarter. Hungry for a win to even the series, Fowles went on to grab 17 boards, a Finals-record formerly held by Taj McWilliams-Franklin (16 rebounds) of the 2005 Connecticut Sun. Fowles and Maya Moore each finished with 13 apiece, while Lindsay Whalen led the Lynx with 14 points in the 70-68 victory.

Lynx outlast Sparks, 70-68. Another down to the wire finish!

In a reverse role-play, the Sparks managed to battle their way back cutting Minnesota’s lead to two after a pair of made free-throws by Candace Parker. With just 14 seconds to make a play, the Sparks made two costly turnovers that lost them a chance at a 2-0 series lead. Parker finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists on the evening. Ogwumike added 11 points and 13 rebounds alongside Game 1 hero, Chelsea Gray’s 15 points.

Looking to rejuvenate themselves in front of their home crowd, the Sparks are still aiming for that back to back chip as Game 3 gets set for tip-off.

Be sure to tune in on ESPN 2, Friday at 9 PM ET.