Sparks Win 3rd NBA Championship In Debatable Final Seconds

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Sparks, Nneka Ogwumike’s short jumper with 3.1 seconds left gave the Sparks a 77-76 victory over the Minnesota Lynx, the defending champions, in the deciding game of the W.N.B.A. finals Thursday night. It was Los Angeles’s first title in 14 years. Parker had 28 points and 12 rebounds to earn MVP honors of the Finals and her first WNBA title, capping a trying year marked by the death of the beloved Summitt, with whom she won two NCAA championships at Tennessee.

The game was close throughout the entire game. On the last play of the game, Ogwumike hit a jumper that appeared to come after the shot clock expired. The officials signaled for a review but never looked at the basket. Los Angeles led 73-71 with just over a minute left. Seimone Augustus answered with a jumper, but those points proved to be critical.

The day after the title, the WNBA acknowledge that the play on the clock should have been reviewed. However, nothing changes and the title remains: Los Angeles Sparks 2016 WNBA Champions.

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