It was another epic five game series between the Lynx and Sparks, and both teams will be favorites to return to the finals in 2018.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve took a calculated risk and kept Whalen on the floor the whole 10 minutes, which usually doesn't happen.
Who knows where they will take it next? "It's a little surreal right now".
The Lynx look to capture their fourth title in seven seasons and the Sparks look to become the first WNBA team to repeat since 2002.
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This Lynx team that adds another banner to rafters that will soon seem crowded in their section of Target Center won Game 5 the way they've won so many before it. The end result was an 85-76 win over the Lynx and another championship trophy. Although the New York Liberty exited in the second round of the playoffs, there was one more postseason honor as Tina Charles was named All-WNBA First Team for the fifth time in her career. Much of the success she's found on the floor in 2017 appears to come easily because Fowles has been so efficient. "That's how the series was defined".
"We had all those turnovers at the end and they nearly came back", she said.
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To me, it's kind of destructive to the car and being the guy that built them and worked on them, I don't see the need in all that. The Vikings (2-2) lost more than just possession when Cook limped off with an injury to his left knee and did not return.
Moore finished with 18 points 10 rebounds while league MVP Sylvia Fowles had 20 rebounds and Lindsay Whalen posted 17 points and eight assists.
"You know, as a longtime WNBA fan since I was eight years old, I've been die hard, watching the Comets, some classic battles, New York, then Detroit had their run, watching the Storm, and then I get a chance to be a part of just an unbelievable group of players over these last few years", said Lynx star Maya Moore.
The Lynx held a slim 60-56 after three quarters-it was 41-35 at halftime-to set up the dramatic final quarter.
Los Angeles, which won the title last season in Minnesota, fell short despite a game-high 19 points and team-high 15 rebounds from Candace Parker.
Over the final two games of this series Fowles had 37 rebounds. That hurt, honestly. But our start wasn't as up to par as we wanted it to be, but we cut the lead and we got back in the game, and a couple calls didn't go our way.
"Maya made that runner, which is why she is Maya Moore", said Whalen. Brunson also bounced back from a rough performance in Game 1, in which she logged just 16 minutes. The Los Angeles Sparks had stolen a decisive Game 5 victory in the 2016 WNBA Finals on a putback from Nneka Ogwumike. I get it. And when you get the No. 1 seed, everybody just says, 'Hey, you're the No. 1 team, you should win.' And I just can't explain to you in words what it's like to be those guys and to have to walk that walk every single day of greatness, of expectations every single day. Fowles' accomplishments shouldn't be cheapened in the first place, but the quality of her Finals opponent has reminded us that nothing comes easy.