DULUTH, Ga. — Another WNBA championship for the Minnesota Lynx. Another three-game sweep of the Atlanta Dream in the finals.
Maya Moore, though, says that nothing came too easily for the Lynx.
“That’s what a championship is supposed to be,” she said. “It’s supposed to be hard, and when it got hard, we came together and stuck with it and secured that victory. I’m just really proud.”
Moore scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Lynx beat the Dream 86-77 on Thursday night to win their second WNBA title in three years.
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Tiffany Hayes finished with 20 points and Alex Bentley had 18 in reserve roles for Atlanta, which was swept in the best-of-5 finals for the third time in four years.
Moore was playing at the Gwinnett Arena for the first time since leading nearby Collins Hill H.S. to the last of three consecutive state championships in 2007, and she had strong support from the suburban Atlanta crowd.
Moore, the WNBA rookie of the year three years ago after helping Connecticut win two straight national championships, was a big reason why the Lynx won their first championship in 2011.
This time, she was named the finals MVP as Minnesota became the second team to go unbeaten in seven playoff games and win a championship, joining the 2010 Seattle Storm.
Lindsay Whalen scored 15 points for the Lynx.
Atlanta forward Angel McCoughtry, the WNBA’s two-time defending scoring champion, finished with 13 points — a career low in nine finals games — and shot just 28.5 percent in the series.