The LA Sparks went to Minnesota’s Target Center with a huge challenge, defeat the WNBA defending champion Minnesota lynx on their home court..mission accomplished. Spark forward Candace Parker predicted a “dogfight,” and that’s exactly what this game 5 was.
In what will go down as an instant classic, the visiting Sparks led by former and current MVP’s Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike, pulled off a nail-biting one point victory. “She’s been through so much,” Ogwumike said of Parker. “She’s probably the most misunderstood person in the league. I told her I wanted her to get one. She had an awesome game tonight. She’s been our leader.”
Candace Parker had 28 points and 12 rebounds to earn MVP honors of the Finals. This is Parker’s first WNBA title.
The two western conference heavy weight fought tooth & nail right down to an exciting final minute, in which Maya Moore put her team up by one, but that lead was short-lived. LA guard Chelsea Gray pushed the ball up the court, took a fadeaway shot which missed, but Ogwumike, like she had been all season long, was a relentless beast on the board, the lone Spark one the offensive board, she grabbed the rebound attempted the putback which was denied by she stayed with it and her second putback fell cleanly through the net. Lindey Whalen’s half court desperation heave bounce harmlessly off the backboard. BallGame! 77-76 LA.
The Minnesota Lynx were stunned on their home court one season removed from their dominant performance in the 2015 Finals against the Indiana Fever.