WNBA: Lynx to host Los Angeles in Game One
MINNEAPOLIS--After finishing a three-game sweep of the Phoenix Mercury with Sunday's 82-67 win to advance to the WNBA Finals for the fifth time in six seasons, the Minnesota Lynx will host Game One of the WNBA Finals at 2 p.m. Sunday at Target ag...
MINNEAPOLIS-After finishing a three-game sweep of the Phoenix Mercury with Sunday's 82-67 win to advance to the WNBA Finals for the fifth time in six seasons, the Minnesota Lynx will host Game One of the WNBA Finals at 2 p.m. Sunday at Target against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Minnesota finished 2-1 against the Sparks this season. The teams' first meeting of the regular season (Minnesota was 12-0, L.A. 11-0) was historic as it was the first meeting in an American professional sports league, including the NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL, that featured two teams with at least 10 wins and zero losses or ties.
This year's postseason meeting will be the first time the clubs have met in the WNBA Finals and the fourth time they have met in the postseason. They also faced off in the 2015 Western Conference semifinals (Minnesota won the series 2-1), the 2012 Western Conference finals (Minnesota won the series 2-0) and the 2003 Western Conference semifinals (L.A. won the series 2-1).
The Lynx (28-6) set a franchise record with 28 wins in a season, equaling the second-highest total in WNBA history. They finished 15-2 at Target Center, winning their last 10 in a row, the third-longest home winning streak in club history.
Minnesota completed its road schedule with a 13-4 record, tying the franchise and WNBA record for road wins in a season and marking the sixth consecutive season the Lynx have finished with a winning record on the road, the longest run of success in league history.
Minnesota has 155 regular-season wins since 2011, the most-prolific six-year span in WNBA history. This season marks the third year the Lynx have 27-plus wins, becoming the first team in WNBA history to win at least 27 games in three separate seasons and sixth consecutive season with 20-plus wins.
The Lynx finished 2016 with a 15-1 record vs. Western Conference rivals, winning all eight road games, becoming the first team in WNBA history to go through a season unbeaten on the road against the Western Conference. They are also just the third team ever to complete a full season with only one loss to Western Conference opponents, joining Houston (16-1 in 1998) and Los Angeles (19-1 in 2001).
Schedule for best-of-five WNBA Finals:
Game One, Sunday, Oct. 9, Los Angeles at Minnesota, 2 p.m., ABC
Game Two, Tuesday, Oct. 11, Los Angeles at Minnesota, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Game Three, Friday, Oct. 14, Minnesota at Los Angeles, 8 p.m., ESPN2
* Game Four, Sunday, Oct. 16, Minnesota at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
* Game 5, Oct. 20, Los Angeles at Minnesota, 7 p.m., ESPN2