Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx forward from Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, came home on Thursday night to the Gwinnett Arena and was the game's high scorer as she poured in 23 points to lead the Lynx to the WNBA title as they swept the Atlanta Dream in just three games winning the game 86-77.
Moore led all scorers as Minnesota once again dominated the Dream to take their second WNBA title in three years. Atlanta's task to get back into the series was always going to be difficult, not just because they were down two games to zero in a five game series but also because of the manner in which they lost the first two games, by 25 points in each. Minnesota came into the game confident and in great form and that enabled them to play with a comfortable relaxed nature.
Atlanta on the other hand, started tight and turned the ball over five times in the first five minutes. Those turnovers helped Minnesota jump out to a 10 point lead, a lead that was only once relinquished when Atlanta pulled back to tie the game in the second quarter. But in reality Minnesota always looked comfortable and were never really challenged by an Atlanta team that always struggled to find an answer to Moore and Minnesota.
It wasn’t just Moore, though! All five starters scored in double figures as the Lynx focused their efforts with their starting five. Brunson and Whalen added 15 points each and Augustus had 14 points.
In response Atlanta’s starters were outscored by their own bench as Hayes, Bentley and Henry combined to score 42 points. As was the case all season long when Atlanta’s starters suffer so too does the team.
Moore’s performance in the city where she led Collins Hill High School to three state championships finished off a Finals MVP award winning performance. She was ecstatic for the title and the MVP. “It means the world…I’m spoiled right now because I have so many people around me…that have helped me so much from middle school to high school.” But she emphasized the team adding, “…when it got hard, we came together and stuck with and secured the victory.”
If it was “hard” for the Lynx they sure made it look easy!