Los Angeles Sparks Victorious in Amazing WNBA Finals

The 2016 WNBA Finals are over and the Los Angeles Sparks are the new champions.

The Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Minnesota Lynx in the best-of-five WNBA Finals on Thursday night three games to two. The deciding game was a thriller as the Sparks won 77-76 following last-second drama at both ends of the floor. After Maya Moore scored to give her side a one-point edge with 15 seconds to go Nneka Ogwumike answered with only a few seconds left to give her side the lead permanently.

The victory has to be particularly sweet for Candace Parker of the Sparks. Named the MVP of the finals, Parker was overlooked for the American Olympic team in Rio this past summer. As a result she missed out on a gold medal in women’s basketball, however she wouldn’t be denied a league championship. It marks the first of her career at the age of 30.

“The journey to get here I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with anybody else,” Parker said. ”It’s amazing when you surround yourself with good people how fun it is.”

The series will not simply be remembered for the closeness of the decisive game. Game one of the series was a classic as well as the Sparks drained a shot at the buzzer to take the game away by two. Furthermore, the Lynx battled back in the series, winning in Los Angeles in game four to send the series to a deciding game.

The season ends a bit of a roller-coaster ride for the Sparks and their fans. After starting the season with nothing but wins, this team seemed to be negatively affected by the Olympic break. The Sparks dropped some games down the stretch of the regular season, however they erased that bad form with their playoffs. For the franchise, the 2016 title is the third in its history having won in 2001 and 2002.

The Minnesota Lynx are no doubt disappointed. They had a chance to win the game with a defensive stop in the dying seconds. Furthermore, in their final possession they weren’t able to muster up nothing but a lengthy heave, a shot that Lindsay Whalen missed. This is a team that already has numerous proven players. However, following the game five there will likely be a lot of ‘what-ifs’ for them.

”The team that won this game deserved to win the game,” Moore said, ”so it’s just hard to have it come that close.”

Shane Lambert