Basketball : WNBA 2017
Lynx capture 4th title
The Lynx captured their fourth WNBA championship in seven seasons on Wednesday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, defeating the Los Angeles Sparks, 85-76, in a winner-take-all WNBA Finals Game 5. Their four titles ties them with the Houston Comets, who won the first four WNBA titles, for the most by a franchise in league history. Sylvia Fowles was named Finals MVP after recording a Finals-record 20 rebounds and 17 points.
After falling to the Sparks in heartbreaking fashion - Nneka Ogwumike's game-winning put-back in the final seconds - in a Game 5 last season, the Lynx responded with their own victory in a deciding Finals game. They trailed Los Angeles 1-0 and 2-1 in the series before rallying back, including a Game 4 win on the road at Staples Center. Minnesota's triumph continued their streak of capturing the title in every odd year since 2011, and prevented the Sparks from becoming the first WNBA team to repeat as champion since 2002.
|1||New York||64.7||22-12 (34)|
|2||LA Sparks||76.5||26-8 (34)|
|6||San Ant.||23.5||8-26 (34)|
|Minnesota - LA Sparks||3 : 2|
|LA Sparks - Phoenix||3 : 0|
|Minnesota - Washing.||3 : 0|
|New York - Washing.||68 : 82|
|Connect. - Phoenix||83 : 88|
|Phoenix - Seattle||79 : 69|
|Washing. - Dallas||86 : 76|
|4.10||Minnesota - LA Sparks||85 : 76|
|1.10||LA Sparks - Minnesota||69 : 80|
|29.9||LA Sparks - Minnesota||75 : 64|
|26.9||Minnesota - LA Sparks||70 : 68|
|24.9||Minnesota - LA Sparks||84 : 85|
|17.9||Washing. - Minnesota||70 : 81|
|home wins||59 %|
|away wins||41 %|
League format : Basketball : WNBA 2017
Following the WNBA regular season, eight teams in the entire league qualify for the playoffs and are seeded one to eight. For the first round, the matchups by seed are 5th vs 8th and 6th vs 7th. In the second round, the matchups by seed are 3rd vs the lowest remaining seed and 4th vs the highest remaining seed. In the semifinals, the matchups by seed are 1st vs the lowest remaining seed and 2nd vs the highest remaining seed.
The first two rounds are single elimination games played on the higher ranking seed's home court. In the semifinals, the best-of-five series follows a 2-2-1 home-court pattern, meaning that the higher-seeded team will have home court in games 1, 2, and 5 while the other team plays at home in game 3 and 4.