Air tight: Lynx and Sparks set for another Game 5

Published 8:06 am Wednesday, October 4, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike has a bandage under her right eye to mask the stitches she took from an elbow in the paint. Sylvia Fowles’ right eye is red and bloodshot from the battles being waged on the glass.

The WNBA Finals rematch between the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx has pushed both teams to their limits, and all that remains is one last game in this season.

Winner take all. Again.

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“It wouldn’t be the finals without a scratch here and there,” Ogwumike said. “I enjoy it. It’s a great opportunity to be on this main stage competing with the best. I’m not going to back down. You can’t. It wouldn’t be worth it.”

For the second straight season, the Sparks and Lynx will need a deciding Game 5 to crown a champion. In the 12 games between the start of last year’s finals and Game 5 of this series on Wednesday night in Minnesota, the cumulative score has been 908-908. Last year, the Sparks grabbed the organization’s third title with a last-second put-back from Ogwumike to beat the Lynx at Target Center.

If the Sparks are going to be the WNBA’s first repeat champion since 2002, they have to win one more game in Minnesota, this time at raucous Williams Arena.