Chelsea Gray's shot gives Sparks victory over Minnesota Lynx in WNBA Finals

Ross Houston
September 25, 2017

During the national anthem at the first game of the WNBA Finals on Sunday, the Minnesota Lynx linked arms during the anthem while the Los Angeles Sparks decided not to even come out of the locker room.

Last July, four players of the Lynx held a pre-game press conference to discuss specific instances of Minnesota police violence and national racial injustice.

The two teams are familiar with each other and it's safe to say that this series is far from over.

As the Lynx slowly worked their way back into the game, cutting it to 10 points entering the final quarter, the star power from both squads was on full display.

The three games the teams played this season were all close and entertaining, with the Sparks taking a 2-1 series advantage, winning one game in Minnesota and one at home.

Game 2 of the best-of-five series is on Tuesday in Minnesota. With Minnesota dropping game one at home, game two is a must win.

Gray added six assists to her 27-point performance.

There were three lead changes in the final 20 seconds including Ogwumike's victor, which came after she grabbed a shot blocked by this year's league MVP, Sylvia Fowles.

Fowles leads the Lynx in scoring with 18.9 ppg, backed up by Moore's 17.3 ppg.

The Lynx trailed the whole game and would eventually tie it with two minutes left in the game.

Gray hit a tough jumper from the elbow to give the Sparks a one-point lead. The Lynx didn't have a timeout and turned the ball over after trying to go the length of the court to win. Fowles had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Augustus had 19 points. Pacific Time. Live television coverage will be made available exclusively on the ESPN channel around the nation.

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