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Minnesota Lynx Sweep Atlanta Dream To Earn First WNBA Championship

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ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 07:  The Minnesota Lynx celebrates their 73-67 win over the Atlanta Dream in Game Three of the 2011 WNBA Finals at Philips Arena on October 7, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 07: The Minnesota Lynx celebrates their 73-67 win over the Atlanta Dream in Game Three of the 2011 WNBA Finals at Philips Arena on October 7, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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For the third consecutive WNBA Finals game, the Atlanta Dream held a halftime lead. And for the third consecutive contest, the Minnesota Lynx stormed back for the win. Minnesota gets its first WNBA Championship in franchise history in their first trip ever to the WNBA Finals in sweeping fashion.

The Dream crowd of 11,543 fans in the Philips Arena watched as the Lynx took over in the final 20 minutes to pull away with a 73-67 victory. The game was not without drama however, as the Dream closed what was an eight-point Minnesota lead with 2:10 to play into a 1-point lead with 1:17 remaining. However, the Lynx finished strong from the stripe, hitting 9-of-12 from the free throw line in the closing minutes to ice the game. 

Minnesota's offense came from a quadruplet of players. Finals MVP Seimone Augustus poured in 16 points to lead the way, and averaged 24.7 points through the series with the Dream. Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson and Candice Wiggins all joined Augustus in double-digit scoring. As has been the standard, Angel McCoughtry led the Dream with 22 points in the losing bid.

MIN/ATL Game 3 Boxscore