Three trophies mark both sides of the baseline on the Minnesota Lynx's home floor.
They'll have to add a fourth now.
In Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Sparks, the Lynx never trailed and held off a late rally to win the clinching contest, 85-76, and earn their fourth title in seven seasons.
For the second consecutive season, the Lynx and Sparks met in the Finals, but this year, it was Minnesota's turn to hoist the trophy. With less than two minutes to play, Los Angeles sprinted to a 9-0 run and cut the lead to 79-76 with just 34.9 seconds to play.
Every Minnesota fan right now pic.twitter.com/2kQNyaEIjx- CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 5, 2017
"I wasn't stressed at all," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve joked during the postgame trophy presentation. "We wanted to bait them, make them think they had a chance and then we ripped it right from them."
When you need one bucket to ice the WNBA Finals ... turn to Maya Moore. pic.twitter.com/HmJobUWxnO- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 5, 2017
Minnesota's Maya Moore answered with a runner with 26.5 seconds left to stretch the lead to five, and regular season and Finals MVP Sylvia Fowles hauled in her 20th rebound to seal the game and hit a pair of series-sealing free throws as the crowd serenaded her with an "M-V-P!" chant. Fowles finished with 17 points, but all five Minnesota starters scored at least 13 points. The fourth title ties the Houston Comets for the most in league history.
.@mooremaya- Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 5, 2017
4 WNBA Titles.
2 NCAA Titles.
2 Olympic Gold medals.
125-3 in high school.
3 Chinese League titles.
28 years old.
As for the floor, Minnesota will have to move it back home this offseason, too. The Lynx were stuck in the University of Minnesota's Williams Arena for the playoffs, affectionately and appropriately known as "The Barn." The Lynx's home arena, the Target Center, was undergoing renovations and the NHL's Minnesota Wild occupied the Xcel Center. So for the playoffs, the Lynx called The Barn home, and spent $1 million installing a temporary air conditioning system in the 90-year-old building.
The Lynx and Sparks have formed the sport's signature rivalry and the best in the league's history. The Finals featured four players who had previously been named WNBA MVPs: Nneka Ogwumike, Candace Parker, Fowles and Moore. But LA lost one with 5:29 left when Ogwumike fouled out on a Rebekkah Brunson jumper. It worsened a nightlong issue for the Sparks, who were outrebounded 46-29 and gave up 14 offensive rebounds. Buckets came easier for the Lynx, who began Game 1 of the Finals by giving up a 28-2 run and ended Game 5 by hoisting the title trophy. Everything's easier when you dominate the boards.
Now, the Lynx have yet another title trophy to prove it.