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Los Angeles Sparks top Minnesota Lynx with buzzer beater in season opener

As advertised, two of the best teams in the league provided some drama.

The WNBA season is off to a roaring start after the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks settled their championship rematch with a buzzer beater on Sunday. 

Minnesota took a 76-75 lead on a free throws by Lindsay Whalen with 5.8 seconds left in the game, but the Sparks countered with the game-winning layup at the buzzer by Chelsea Gray for the dramatic, 77-76, win at Target Center. 

The play went to review but stood as called on the floor to give the Sparks, picked by WNBA general managers to win the title this season, a victory over the Lynx on their home court to begin the season. 

Gray finished with 18 points while Odyssey Sims scored 21 and Nneke Ogumike added 19 for the Sparks. 

Whalen, who is doubling as a player for the Lynx and head coach of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team, led Minnesota with 17 points and nine assists. 

Sylvia Fowles, the reigning WNBA MVP, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, followed by 15 points and nine rebounds for Rebekkah Brunson and 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting for Maya Moore.

Seimone Augustus scored just six points for the Lynx. 

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The Sparks beat the Lynx in five games in the 2016 WNBA Finals and the Lynx won it back in five games last season. 

Minnesota is back at home Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the Dallas Wings. 

Note: Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. was in attendance for the game. 

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