Sparks beat Lynx, move within a win of back-to­back ti­tles

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By JILL PAIN­TER

LOS AN­GE­LES — Nneka Og­wu­mike and Odyssey Sims each scored 16 points to help the Los An­ge­les Sparks beat the Min­nesota Lynx 75-64 in Game 3 of the WNBA Fi­nals on Fri­day night.

The Sparks have taken a 2-1 lead in the be­stof-five game series and with one more win can be­come the first team since 2002 to win the cham­pi­onship in back-to­back years. Los An­ge­les won back-to-back ti­tles in 2001 and 2002.

For the Lynx, Maya Moore scored 16 points, all of which came in the sec­ond half. She picked up her third foul in the sec­ond quar­ter and fouled out with 37 sec­onds left.

The Sparks led by as many as 13 points in the third quar­ter but the Lynx pulled to within one in the fourth quar­ter. Los An­ge­les held on, outscor­ing Min­nesota 17-7 af­ter the Lynx got within 58-57.

The first two games came down to the fi­nal sec­onds and this was an­other close game but the Sparks never trailed.

For the sec­ond straight game, Candace Parker was held score­less in the first quar­ter again and had just five points by half­time. She fin­ished with 13 points, seven re­bounds, five steals and three blocks. She made the first bas­ket of the third quar­ter.

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