Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles Sparks won game three of the WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx 92-75. We all found out that luck be a lady tonight and guess what … she’s a Sparks fan.
After the devastating loss the Lynx dealt the Sparks in game two, I don’t think any of us were expecting tonight’s performance we got especially Minnesota. The Sparks rocked the Lynx’s world like a bad ocean storm. Nneka Ogwumike 21 points, 3 steals and 9 rebounds and Candace Parker 24 points, 9 rebounds were the tsunamis just pure death and destructions. The Sparks had a 15 point lead at the end of the first quarter. Whatever was left standing had to take on a barrage of crashing wave like attacks from Essence Carson 16 points and Alana Beard 15 points.
The Sparks out rebounded the Lynx defensively and offensively and only after the Lynx got in on the rebound party were they able to chip away at the Sparks lead. Maya Moore 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assist really spearheaded the mission to get Minnesota back in the game. In addition to the rebounding Minnesota increased their defense ferocity to make Los Angeles work for every shot. But just like the high winds in a storm the Sparks came out of the half ready to right the wrongs of their past, making sure not to lose the fierceness of a strong first half.
The Sparks defense had the Lynx in a three point drought in the third. All the while Essence Carson hits all 4 of her 3 pointers. She took advantage of the fact that all eyes would be on Nneka and Candace leaving her with the opportunity to find her comfort zone from three point country to have her way. The Lynx also offered up more than their fair share of turnovers. Los Angeles had no problem taking those uncontested rebounds and turning them into 2nd chance points and turnovers into fast-break points. Rebekkah Brunson 14 points and Sylvia Fowles 14 points contributed what they could but at the end they couldn’t match the Sparks effort.
As the Sparks prepare to host one more home game before traveling back to Minnesota they were asked what do they think they’ll need to win game 4 and their response collectively was to be able to make and all necessary adjustments defensively or offensively at a moments notice, maintain high energy and effort for all 4 quarters and control the things they have power to control. With the win the Sparks have two wins under their belt which should make Minnesota uneasy. But let’s see if Los Angeles has rattled Minnesota’s nerves enough to crush their spirit Sunday night.
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