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Lynx look for better start in Game 2 vs. Sparks

(TSX / STATS) -- Williams Arena, the 89-year-old on-campus home of University of Minnesota basketball, is affectionately known by locals as "The Barn" for its resemblance, from the outside, to a place you store hay and livestock.

With Target Center in Minneapolis being massively renovated, and Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul occupied with pro hockey, the Barn is the temporary home of the WNBA Finals. (MORE)

Gray's shot gives Sparks series lead over Lynx

(TSX / STATS) -- MINNEAPOLIS -- It was unseasonably hot outside the arena in Minnesota. Inside, the Los Angeles Sparks found a way to start even hotter, and won on an ice-cold shot at the finish.

Chelsea Gray hit a fall away jumper with two seconds left as the Sparks escaped with an 85-84 win over the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday. (MORE)

Moore helps Lynx sweep Mystics, advance to WNBA Final

(TSX / STATS) -- Maya Moore scored 21 points as the Minnesota Lynx swept the Washington Mystics in their best-of-5 semifinal playoff series with an 81-70 win at Washington on Sunday.

Seimone Augustus had 18 points in Game 3 for the Lynx, who reached the WNBA Finals for the third year in a row and sixth time in seven years. Sylvia Fowles, who is the 2017 league Most Valuable Player, had 17 points and 14 rebounds. (MORE)

Sparks defeat Mercury to head back to WNBA finals

(TSX / STATS) -- Candace Parker scored 21 points, including a driving, left-handed layup with 2.9 seconds to play, to send the Los Angeles Sparks back to the WNBA Finals for the second straight season with a thrilling 89-87 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday at Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Sparks will face the Minnesota Lynx in a Finals rematch. Game 1 of the Finals is Sept. 24 in Minnesota. (MORE)

Parker powers Sparks to 2-0 series lead vs. Mercury

(TSX / STATS) -- Candace Parker scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to guide the Los Angeles Sparks past the Phoenix Mercury 86-72 in at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday.

The Sparks took a commanding 2-0 lead in the teams' best-of-five semifinal series. Game 3 is Sunday in Phoenix. (MORE)

Fowles leads Lynx past Mystics with MVP performance

(TSX / STATS) -- Sylvia Fowles was introduced Thursday as the WNBA's 2017 MVP. Later that evening, she showed the crowd at Williams Arena why.

Minnesota's 6-foot-6 center scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Lynx beat the Washington Mystics 93-83 on Thursday in Minneapolis to take a 2-0 lead in a WNBA semifinal series. (MORE)

Lynx C Fowles named WNBA MVP

(TSX / STATS) -- Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles was named the WNBA's 2017 Most Valuable Player on Thursday.

This is the first MVP award for the 31-year-old Fowles, who led the 27-7 Lynx to the league's best record and No. 1 seed in the playoffs. (MORE)

Sparks open title defense with win vs. Mercury

(TSX / STATS) -- All five starters scored in double figures as the Los Angeles Sparks opened up defense of their WNBA title with a 79-66 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday in the opener of a semifinal series at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Nneka Ogwumike led Los Angeles with 19 points and nine rebounds. Candace Parker overcame a freak pregame injury, struggled early, but finished with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. (MORE)

Lynx rout Mystics in Game 1

(TSX / STATS) -- The Minnesota Lynx showed no signs of rust from a nine-day layoff.

Seimone Augustus scored 11 of her game-high 24 points in the third quarter, and the Lynx offense was nearly unstoppable as Minnesota routed the Washington Mystics 101-81 in Game 1 of the WNBA semifinals on Tuesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. (MORE)