Weather the downturns, convert in key moments.
It's how the Lynx built the WNBA's best record a third year in a row. It's how they won more road games than any other team. It's how they breezed past a stretch of four losses in five outings and overcame injuries to three different starters throughout the year.
It's how they swept Seattle in the first round of the playoffs. And it's how Minnesota clinched the return it's coveted for almost an entire calendar year.
Sunday's 72-65, Western Conference finals-clinching victory in Phoenix didn't resemble the blowouts present in a win streak against the Mercury that now sits at 14 games. Instead, the upstart hosts came out firing and never really stopped in attempting to force a Game 3.
The Lynx withstood every Phoenix jaunt. It's what champions do.
Minnesota can't reclaim that mantle yet -- at least not the one they set out for after failing last year to defend their 2011 league crown, the first in franchise history. The three-time We...