In a highly competitive, finals-deciding Game 5, the Los Angeles Sparks managed a 77-76 win over the Minnesota Lynx in Minneapolis.
The game was everything a basketball fan could hope for, with lead changes going back and forth all night before Nneka Ogwumike’s game-winning shot with 3 seconds remaining. The win gave Los Angeles its first WNBA title since 2002, when the Sparks swept the New York Liberty in what was then a Best-Of-3 series.
Candace Parker scored a game-high 28 points, while tying Ogwumike with a game-high 12 rebounds to give her the double-double. Parker’s performances in the finals earned her the accolade of WNBA Finals MVP. The award was wholly deserved by Parker, who did a little bit of everything, averaging 18.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, and 2.2 spg in her 5 games.