WNBA Playoffs History: 2005

Yolanda Griffith was the 2005 Finals M.V.P.
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Monarchs Claim Their Crown
2005 WNBA Finals MVP Yolanda Griffith led the Monarchs to their first ever WNBA title in four games over the Connecticut Sun. Griffith was the 1999 WNBA M.V.P., but had fallen short in years past. However her 18.5 points per game in the Finals as well as her leadership on the floor paced the hard-nosed Monarchs to the title. The Sun put up a valiant fight after a dramatic Game Two overtime win. It was the second straight loss in the Finals for the Sun.

First Round
- Connecticut defeats Detroit, 2-0
Connecticut 73, Detroit 62
Connecticut 75, Detroit 67

- Indiana defeats New York, 2-0
Indiana 63, New York 51
Indiana 58, New York 50

- Houston defeats Seattle, 2-1
Seattle 75, Houston 67
Houston 67, Seattle 64
Houston 75, Seattle 58

- Sacramento defeats Los Angeles, 2-0
Sacramento 75, Los Angeles 72
Sacramento 81, Los Angeles 63

Conference Finals
- Connecticut defeats Indiana, 2-0
Connecticut 73, Indiana 68
Connecticut 77, Indiana 67 (OT)

- Sacramento defeats Houston, 2-0
Sacramento 73, Houston 69 OT
Sacramento 74, Houston 65

Finals
- Sacramento defeats Connecticut, 3-1
Sacramento 69, Connecticut 65
Connecticut 77, Sacramento 70 (OT)
Sacramento 66, Connecticut 55
Sacramento 62, Connecticut 59

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