The Sparks lead one of the best-of-5 collection 2-1. The groups will face off Sunday night, Oct. 1, at Staples Middle for Recreation four. A decisive Recreation 5, if crucial, can be performed Wednesday, Oct. four, at Williams Area in Minneapolis.
Ogwumike additionally had 10 rebounds for the Sparks. Chelsea Grey scored 14 factors and Candace Parker contributed thirteen factors, seven rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and three blocked photographs.
Maya Moore scored sixteen factors, making 6 of 9 photographs from the sector, to steer the Lynx. Sylvia Fowles had a double-double with 15 factors and eleven rebounds whereas making 7 of 9 photographs from the ground.
The collection has been marked by robust first quarters. The winner of every recreation has been the workforce who lead after the primary quarter.
The Sparks established the early lead in Recreation three and ended the primary quarter up 17-eight.
Ogwumike scored the primary six factors for the Sparks and Los Angeles clamped down defensively on Minnesota within the first 10 minutes.
Within the second quarter, foul hassle plagued each groups. Moore and Ogwumike each have been hit with their third foul within the quarter.
The Lynx tried to chip away on the early lead however struggled to attain, capturing solely 31 % (9 of 29) from the sector within the first half.
The Lynx did seize a fast six factors after a Sparks timeout with again-to-again three-pointers by Renee Montgomery and Alexis Jones, however Los Angeles answered with a 17-foot pullup leap shot by Odyssey Sims and an 18-foot pullup bounce shot by Grey.
The Sparks had six turnovers within the second quarter however nonetheless led 32-26 at intermission.
The Lynx continued to battle, with Moore making a sixteen-foot pullup and Jones a 23-foot three-level jumper to maintain Minnesota inside fifty six-forty eight by the top of the third quarter.
Within the fourth quarter, the Lynx closed to fifty eight-fifty seven with 6:fifty six left, however the Sparks have been capable of maintain on within the ultimate minutes.
NOTES: Lynx C Sylvia Fowles, the 2017 WNBA MVP, headlines the 2017 All-WNBA first workforce after receiving 39 of forty votes. … The Sparks had three gamers named to All-WNBA groups—F/C Candace Parker on the primary workforce, and F Nneka Ogwumike and G Chelsea Grey on the second staff. … Minnesota’s thirteen finals wins stay probably the most of any WNBA group, with Detroit and Phoenix following with 10 wins and the Sparks their ninth finals win on Sunday. … Recreation 2 on Monday was the primary Sparks loss since Aug. thirteen in New York.