Candace Parker and league MVP, Nneka Ogwumike combined for 45 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 2 block shots to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 92-75 victory over the Minnesota Lynx in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals at Galen Center. The win gives the Sparks a 2-1 lead in the Best of 5 game series and a chance to close out the Lynx in front of their fans on Sunday in Los Angeles for Game 4.
The Sparks lead the entire game with leads as much as 22 points in the first half. The Lynx made a couple of runs to bring them within 8 points, but could never get closer as the Sparks played an aggressive 40 minute game on both ends of the court in front of the home crowd and owner, Ervin Magic Johnson! The Sparks shot an impressive 55% from the field compared to the Lynx's 48% from the perimeter.
A quiet candidate for WNBA Finals MVP, Alana Beard lead a tenacious Sparks defense in the first half forcing the Lynx into double digit turnovers and sloppy offensive possessions. Beard also filled up the stat sheet with 15 points on 7-11 shooting, seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. Beard has played the most consistent of all the players in the WNBA Finals thus far and is looking to have another Cannamazing game on Sunday in Los Angeles!
The Minnesota Lynx started the game flat and could never recover in Game 3. Superstars, Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus combined for a total of 15 shots from the field to score only 9 points each. Sylvia Fowles and Rebekkah Brunson led the Lynx with 14 points each. Sylvia Fowles also had five impressive blocks in the lopsided loss.
Game 4 will be played on Sunday in Los Angeles at 8:30 EST/5:30 PST on ESPN.
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