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Fever celebrate first ever WNBA Championship

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Sunday night Indiana celebrated its first professional basketball title in nearly 40 years.  The Indiana Fever won the WNBA Championship, beating the Minnesota Lynx 87-78.

The Fever brought Indiana its first pro basketball championship since the Pacers captured the ABA title in 1973. The Fever won the WNBA Finals series three games to one.

Photo gallery: Fever locker room celebration

The first championship celebration took place inside a sold-out Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

WNBA Finals MVP Tamika Catchings led all scorers in the clinching game with 25 points. Erin Phillips had 18 points.

"It was huge. I honestly think Minnesota was rattled by our fans, no question. Adrenaline, the energy put forth inside that arena, our team fed off of all of that for every basket, every steal, turnover or rebound. You could feel it in the arena," said media relations director Kevin Messenger.

Several sports celebrities tweeted their congratulations to the team following Sunday's win.

"Yes Yes Yes, Fever wins WNBA Championship!!! Tamika Catchings deserves all of this, heart n soul!!!!!" tweeted former Pacers star Reggie Miller.

"Congratulations to the Indiana Fever. What a great example of staying tough and together throughout the entire playoffs," wrote Butler basketball coach Brad Stevens.

"Congrats to the Fever on winning the WNBA finals! Special S/O to T. Catch on her 1st one! I know the feeling," tweeted LeBron James.

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