MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The two best teams in the WNBA went at it Wednesday night with everything on the line in Game 5 of the league finals.
The L.A. Sparks cut a double-digit deficit to just three points in the final minute, but the Minnesota Lynx pulled away for an 85-76 victory. The Lynx claimed their fourth WNBA title in seven years.
They celebrated with champagne in their locker room after the win, and they’ll celebrate more Thursday night with a parade on the University of Minnesota campus. That will be followed by a ceremony at Williams Arena.
Nationally, Wednesday night’s game on ESPN was the highest-rated finals game since 2003. The game generated a 7.9 rating in the Minneapolis market.
Fans and players alike went to Twitter after the game to express their excitement over the team’s fourth title.
— Lindsay Whalen (@Lindsay_13) October 5, 2017
— ♎ (@jess106_mpls) October 5, 2017
Hats off to the Taylor’s who stepped up and spent a lot of money to keep the #LosLynx in town for the playoffs.. nothing but respect!
— Ben W (@mntwins020733) October 5, 2017
— Kathy Derong (@kderong) October 5, 2017
— Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) October 5, 2017
— Jillia Pessenda (@JilliaPessenda) October 5, 2017
— Rep. Erik Paulsen (@RepErikPaulsen) October 5, 2017
— Kelly (@K2Runs) October 5, 2017
— Mary McGuire (@mcguirereports) October 5, 2017