WNBA Playoffs 2015: Lynx eliminate Sparks, 91-80

We are off to the Conference Finals in the WNBA Playoffs, and the Minnesota Lynx remain a mainstay. 

It wasn’t an easy win, but the Minnesota Lynx are off to the Conference Finals in the WNBA Playoffs — again. The team has been as dominant as anyone in the WNBA over the last half decade and their domaine will continue into the Conference Finals in the West once again.

It’s been a few years since the Lynx have claimed a title, but their dynasty is still as fearsome has it’s always been and the Los Angeles Sparks found that out the hard way.

That’s not to say it wasn’t a hard fought game. After the Lynx started to run away with the game late in the fourth, the Sparks came roaring back to come within four points of Minnesota with under a minute left in the game. Candace Parker showed she was a superstar we all know she is and carried Los Angeles down the stretch with some huge plays.

Still, the Lynx held their lead and were bailed out by some bad decision making by the Sparks ranging from foul outs to a huge turnover in the form of a five-second violation that gave Minnesota the ball back in a critical spot.

Here’s a look at the updated WNBA Playoff bracket after the Lynx eliminated the Sparks:

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This is the fifth straight year the Lynx are off to the Conference Finals, but it’s not the first time they’ve faced a situation where they aren’t a sure thing to advance. It’s going to be a tough test against the Mercury and Brittney Griner, but the Lynx earned their ticket against the Sparks on Tuesday.