Candace Parker's double double with a game high 28 points and 12 rebounds helped lead the Los Angeles Sparks to their third WNBA Championship title while hugging the nameless piece of silver & gold hardware for her first time in her eight seasons in the WNBA! Parker saved her best game for the last game of the 2016 season playing a Cannamazing game on both ends of the court to also gain her the Most Valuable Player of the series.
Parker would receive just enough support from her teammates to set-up the champagne celebration even though early foul trouble to three of the starters plagued the team in the first half. League MVP, Nneka Ogwumike who sat most of the first half with foul trouble also finished the game with a double double 12 points and 12 rebounds. Alana Beard enjoying her first championship in her 12 year career was solid all series playing tenacious defense against the Minnesota Lynx. Chelsea Gray, hands down the series top reserve brought her "A" game again as she hit timely shots contributing 11 points and controlled the tempo over the smaller Lynx guards.
The Minnesota Lynx played their best floor game of the series by limiting their turnovers to single digits and spreading the ball around on offense for 25 assists compared to the Sparks 14. Maya Moore's 23 points 11 assists led the Lynx who had three other players score double digits. Seimone Augustus finished with 17 points, Lindsay Whalen and Sylvia Fowles each had 10 points and the Sparks kept Fowles under control on the boards limiting her to only 9.
Rebounds and fast break points were the difference in the final game of the well played five game series. The Los Angeles Sparks won the rebound battle 33-27 while out scoring the Lynx 15-5 on fast break points.
Their was a controversial play with about 1:14 remaining in the game when the Los Angeles Sparks, Nneka Ogwumike scored a basket on a shot clock violation, but the play was not reviewed by officials in time to over turn the basket. The Los Angeles Sparks win 77-76 in a thriller Game 5!
The 2016 WNBA Finals was exciting, thrilling, and Cannamazing for the basketball fans worldwide to view and enjoy... We watched them WORK!
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