Lynx outlast Sparks to win fourth WNBA championship

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MINNEAPOLIS — All the building blocks line up like blue-and-green dominoes when you look back at what has led to this tremendous run of success for the Minnesota Lynx, who celebrated their fourth championship after a 85-76 victory over Los Angeles in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Wednesday at Williams Arena.

Last year, the Lynx and their fans were crushed to lose Game 5 of the Finals on a last-second shot by the Sparks.

This year, when they fell behind 2-1 in the series — and the Sparks had another chance to clinch the title in Los Angeles — things seemed bleak for the Lynx, at least to outsiders. However, they were confident they could win Game 4 and send the series back to Minnesota, just as they did in 2016.

And this time, Game 5 didn’t get away from them, and the Lynx tied the Houston Comets’ record of four WNBA titles.

All five Minnesota starters scored in double figures. Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and 20 rebounds,

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