Minnesota Lynx (2-2) vs Indiana Fever (2-2)

October 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m. (CT)


Radio: BOB 106.1 FM

Playoff Game #10 Playoff Home Game #6


  • Tonight’s Game 5 at Target Center marks the first time in seven playoff appearances, the Lynx’ final game will be played at Target Center. Minnesota won its two WNBA championships (2011, 2013) in Atlanta, lost in the 2012 Finals in Indianapolis, fell in the Western Conference Finals a year ago in Phoenix and saw its first two playoff appearances end in the first round in Los Angeles (2003) and Seattle (2004), respectively.  Overall, the Lynx have ended only two of their previous 16 seasons at home (2005, 2007).


  • Indiana forced a decisive Game 5 in the 2015 WNBA Finals by holding off the Lynx, 75-69 on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Minnesota slipped to 14-3 in two-possession game (decided by six points or fewer) all-time in the playoffs, including 202 in this series.


  • The Lynx had inched ahead 2-1 in the series with last Friday’s 80-77 victory, netting the final six points of the game on three-pointers by Renee Montgomery at the 1:11 mark and Maya Moore at the buzzer. It’s the ninth time in club history, including first in the playoffs, Minnesota has won a game by scoring the deciding points in the final :02.


  • The WNBA Finals has not gone to a Game 5 since 2009 when the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Indiana Fever 120-116 in overtime. Overall, it’s the fourth time in WNBA history the Finals has gone to a Game 5. The first four games of this year’s Finals series have all be decided by 10 points or fewer and should tonight’s game follow the same trend, it would be the first time in league history that all five games of the Finals have been decide by 10 points or less.


  • The Lynx are 3-0 all-time in close-out games at Target Center, winning Western Conference Semifinals Game 3s vs. San Antonio in 2011 (85-67 on Sept 20), Seattle in 2012 (73-72 on Oct. 2) and Los Angeles this season (91-80 on Sept. 22). The Lynx are now 11-7 in all potential close-out games (0-2 in 2003, 3-1 in 2011, 2-1 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 1-1 in 2014 and 2-2 this year).


  • Minnesota enters tonight’s game with a 29-14 (.674) all-time in the WNBA Playoffs and 20-3 (.870) at Target Center. Both marks are the best for any team in league postseason history.


  • Tonight’s game will mark the 67th playoff game the Fever have played, passing Los Angeles (66) for the most in WNBA history. Additionally, Indiana holds an 8-6 record all-time in the final, decisive game of a playoff series.


  • Indiana’s Tamika Catchings set a new WNBA postseason record by making her 65th career start in Sunday’s Game 4 win. She now leads the WNBA in career playoff points, rebounds, free throws, steals, double-doubles, games played and games started. Catchings needs three field goals to pass Lisa Leslie (345) for the most field goals made in WNBA playoffs history.


  • The Lynx have shot a combined 40.0% (22-for-55) in four playoff road starts, including 6-for-14 at Los Angeles on Sept. 20 and 6-for-15 in the Game 2 win at Phoenix on Sept. 27. However, they’re hitting just 18.0% (9-for-50) from long range in five Target Center appearances, including a combined 2-for-18 (11.1%) vs. Indiana in the first two games of the Finals.