Posted Sunday, May 20, 2018 | 11:56 p.m.
Updated Sunday, May 20, 2018 | 11:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) – What an opening weekend for the WNBA.
The final rematch between Los Angeles and Minnesota was decided upon sounding, while Connecticut welcomed Las Vegas into the league with the most unbalanced defeat in opening day history.
The Lynx celebrated their fourth championship in seven years by receiving their rings before Sunday's game against the Sparks, which added fuel to the league's biggest rivalry.
Los Angeles laughed for the last time with Chelsea Gray hitting an off-balance shot in the lane on the bell for the 77-76 victory.
"Chelsea is the winning queen of the game," said Odyssey Sims, who led the Sparks with 21 points. "I do not know how he squeezed and he connected it, I still do not think so, I do not even know how, but it was incredible."
The victory was even more remarkable since the sparks were missing. Candace Parker – out for a back injury.
"We love Candace, she's a great player, one of the best in the league, but I focus on the people who are here," said Sparks coach Brian Agler. He said. "That's all we do".
Connecticut opened its season with a 36-point victory over the relocated Aces, who moved from San Antonio to Las Vegas this past offseason. It was the second-highest margin of victory for the Sun in franchise history, behind only a 42-point loss in New York in 2012.
The Sun fell 14-4 early against the Ases before taking over.  "We have a long way to go and we know it," said Las Vegas coach Bill Laimbeer. "There are a lot of players left, four contributors from last year and we have to wait for them to come back in. They are a very good basketball team and we knew we were going to be in a wasp nest and we were exposed, lack of shooters, shooting 26 percent new two games in a row will not cut and we have to find a solution. "
The Aces are missing stars Kayla McBride and Kelsey Plum, who are playing in the Turkish League final.
Other tidbits of the opening weekend:
STRONG START: Phoenix beat Dallas and Seattle to improve to 2-0 for the fifth time in the history of the franchise. The two previous times that Mercury did that (2009 and 2014), they won the WNBA championship. … Chicago also started 2-0 for the first time since 2014.
WELCOME: Liz Cambage had a stellar opening weekend when Dallas went 1-1. The Australian star, who skipped the last seasons playing abroad, averaged 19.5 points and nine rebounds and three blocks.
"It was unfortunate to lose to Phoenix the other night," Cambage said after Sunday's 101-78 victory over Atlanta. . "We came back wanting to win, we needed to get this first win at home, I think we have really developed a lot since the last game."
3 POINT BARRAGE: Diana Taurasi became the first WNBA player with 1,000 triple career and only the fourth in basketball history to do so in less than 400 games. He joined Damian Lillard, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson of the NBA. Taurasi reached the milestone in the season-opening victory over Dallas.
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