“We were able to get stops on the defensive end. They are a great team,” Parker said. “They hit some big shots down the stretch. We just wanted to make things tough for the big time players. We didn’t let them get a lot of second-chance opportunities.”
The Sparks built an 11-point lead in the first quarter and but led just 32-26 by halftime.
Ogwumike played in foul trouble as well. She was whistled for her third foul with 8:18 left in the third quarter. TIP-INS The Sparks left the court before the National Anthem in silent protest. The Sparks have said they’re standing for solidarity and unity and they did the same in Games 1 and 2. They were booed in Minnesota when they returned from the court in Game 2. They were not booed in Los Angeles ... Musician Snoop Dogg and Magic Johnson — co-owner of the Sparks — attended the game . ... MVP Sylvia Fowles was named to the ALL-WNBA first team with 39 of 40 votes for 195 points. Sparks center Candace Parker was also on the first team with 137 points along with Lynx forward Maya Moore (127 points). Ogwumike and Chelsea Gray were on the second team.