Lynx offense stumbles in Game 3 loss

Lynx offense stumbles in Game 3 loss”

Interesting, isn't it, how this year's WNBA finals is following, so closely, last year's series?

Now the Sparks' challenge is different, since they'll have a chance to wrap up the series Sunday evening at home while the Lynx will obviously be playing with increased urgency.

Parker and the Sparks came out flying in Game 3.

The Minnesota Lynx face elimination on Sunday, or a win would push the series to a fifth and final game on Wednesday. In Game 1 they had a huge rebounding edge in amassing a 28-2 lead but wound up outrebounded and holding on to win.

Tonight's game saw a strong performance by the Los Angeles Sparks on their home court.

After two thrillers, this game was somewhat more muted, and it still featured a roaring Lynx comeback halfway through the fourth before the Sparks shushed all of that. "Our offense was anemic".

Moore was 6-for-9 from the floor, all 16 of her points coming in the second half. Maya Moore picked up three fouls in the first and was held scoreless in the first 20 minutes.

"I have to stay out of situations where we commit fouls", Moore said. The trio of Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore went scoreless in the first half. Renee Montgomery scored 10 first half points off the bench and Natasha Howard and Alexis Jones combined for seven.

"The team that punches first has set the tone", Montgomery said.

The Sparks had double-digit leads in each quarter. When the Lynx managed to defend that, Los Angeles was able to hit outside shots and halt Minnesota rallies.

"All of them were good shots", Reeve said.

"We were able to get stops on the defensive end".

The Sparks scored nine consecutive points to wrap things up.

Nneka Ogwumike paced the Sparks with a double-double (16 points and 10 rebounds).

Again going small - this time with rookie guard Alexis Jones scoring nine points - the Lynx used a 7-0 run to pull within a point with 6:57 left in the game.

-Sylvia Fowles had another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

"The first two games are evidence that one possession in the first half is no more or less important than it is in the second". "There's not much room for error".

The reigning WNBA champions are just one win away from repeating as the champs.

"When the team wins, you get texts and phone calls telling you how great you are", Agler said. "It softens you up".

Lynx starters Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore were announced as WNBA First-Team All-Stars by the league on Friday. Odyssey Sims also had 16 points to go with three assists. Candace Parker finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists, five steals, and three blocks, while Chelsea Gray had 14 points and seven assists.

Fowles was a near-unanimous choice, being selected for top honors on 39 of 40 ballots. She was not aggressive or assertive at all. She averaged 17 points per game, including 41.2 percent of her three-point shots and 85.8 percent from the free-throw line.

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