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WNBA: Lynx Win 2nd NBA Title, Beat Dream 86-77
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WNBA: Lynx Win 2nd WNBA Title, Beat Dream 86-77

Oct 11 2013, 10:37pm CDT | by

The Minnesota Lynx won their second WNBA title in three years with an 86-77 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Thursday, winning the best-of-five series 3-0.

The Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 on Thursday to win the 2013 WNBA title. Not only did the Lynx sweep the Dream, they won the WNBA crown with an unblemished 7-0 record in the playoffs...

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WNBA: Lynx Win 2nd WNBA Title, Beat Dream 86-77

Oct 11 2013, 10:37pm CDT | by

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The Minnesota Lynx won their second WNBA title in three years with an 86-77 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Thursday, winning the best-of-five series 3-0.

The Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 on Thursday to win the 2013 WNBA title.

Not only did the Lynx sweep the Dream, they won the WNBA crown with an unblemished 7-0 record in the playoffs to secure their second title in three years. 

Forward Maya Moore led the way for Minnesota with 23 points, on her way to being named Finals MVP. In spite of the series sweep, Moore, a University of Connecticut alumna, said it was anything but easy. 

"That's what a championship is supposed to be. It's supposed to be hard, and when it got hard, we came together and stuck with it and secured that victory. I'm just really proud.

"I have so many people around me that I appreciate and who have helped me so much from middle school to high school. I'm sure there's some Connecticut faithfuls here, too, but when you think about all the things you want your team to be -- we don't just talk about it. We do it."

It wasn't just about her in this game. Lindsay Whalen (15 points), Rebekkah Brunson (15 points), Seimone Augustus (14 points) and Janel McCarville (10 points) scored at least 10 points in a balanced attack for the Lynx.

Whalen said it's great to re-live that same moment in 2011 when they won their first WNBA title.

"This is so much fun, too much fun. In 2011, after we won, it was one of the best nights of my life. I wanted to have that same feeling, that same celebration. This is unbelievable."

Game 3 was the closest the Dream could get to the Lynx, who beat them by 25 points in each of the first two contests. Tiffany Hayes scored 20 points while Alex Bentley chipped in with 18 for Atlanta. 

Two-time WNBA scoring champion Angel McCoughtry of the Dream scored just 13 points on 28.5 percent shooting in the Finals. She talked about their injury issues, which peaked when forward Sancho Lyttle fractured her left foot in midseason, forcing her to sit out the next several weeks.

"It's tough, but we're not going to make that an excuse. I'm pretty sure Minnesota has injuries, too. They're beat up just as bad as you are. But it takes mental toughness to fight through. 

"It's a long season, and most of us play overseas, too. I'm proud of everyone to be strong and fight hard."

It was Atlanta's third time to get swept in the WNBA Finals in the past four years. As for Minnesota, it was able to successfully relinquish the title it lost to the Indiana Fever in 2012. 



 

 
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A Leaner Scoring Machine Who’s Not at All Mean

Aug 17 2014 8:15pm CDT | Source: New York Times: Sports

Moore has propelled the Minnesota Lynx, the W.N.B.A. defending champion, to the playoffs, and she has been setting scoring records ...
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Mercury Payback Lynx

Aug 10 2014 7:43pm CDT | Source: Sports Page Magazine

PHOENIX - When the Minnesota Lynx entered a U.S. Airways Center packed full of 12,379 Phoenix Mercury fans they were on an 11-game win streak. They will have to forgive the “X-Factor” if there were no hard feeling as they celebrated an 82-80 victory that sna ...
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Aug 4 2014 6:08am CDT | Source: Sports Page Magazine

PHOENIX – If the Phoenix Mercury were looking for a little reprieve from the physical play after their intense and physical loss to the Minnesota Lynx earlier this week that resulted in snapping their 16 game win streak, they were not abo ...
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