October 15, 2015

Minnesota Lynx win yet another WNBA title; making 2015 their 3rd in 5 years

With another title to their loaded trophy case, the Minnesota Lynx have become the greatest WNBA team of this generation and now have hopes of challenging the greatest teams of All Time.

The Lynx picked up their third WNBA title in five years by defeating the Indiana Fever in Game 5 of the 2015 WNBA Finals on Wednesday, October 14. In the process, they became only the third team in the WNBA to win at least three championships. The Lynx victory game in a closely-fought Finals series over the last few weeks against the Indiana Fever, who last won a WNBA trophy in 2012.

It was a back and forth Finals series between two equally talented squads. Indiana stole Game 1 on Minnesota's floor with a 75-69 win, but Minnesota bounced back to win Games 2 and 3 home and away by a close margin each time. Facing elimination at home, Indiana won Game 4 by six to extend the series to a winners-take-all finale. Playing at home, Minnesota showed their class in Game 5, making it the most lopsided game of the series after halftime to win 69-52 and securing the 3-2 series victory.

Minnesota's 30-year-old Center Sylvia Fowles - who averaged 15.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in the Finals - was named the Finals MVP in her very first season with the Lynx. Teammate Maya Moore led her team in scoring in the Finals (19 ppg) and captured her third championship, adding to her glittering legacy. Their efforts survived a strong challenge from Indiana's Tamika Catchings and Shenise Johnson all series.

The Lynx were zoned in for a special season all the way through. They finished first in the Western Conference and second in overall record (after the New York Liberty) by the time the regular season ended. In the playoffs, Minnesota defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 2-1 in the First Round and swept last year's champions Phoenix Mercury 2-0 in the Conference Finals. In the East, Indiana defeated Chicago Sky and 2015 season MVP Elena Delle Donne 2-1 in the First Round and upset the Liberty 2-1 in the Conference Finals to set up the engaging Finals clash against the Lynx.

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