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Sparks rout Lynx, move within one win of title - Oct 15, 2016


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A desperate team's fury quickly entrapped the Minnesota Lynx in a vice that later efforts could not loosen. The Los Angeles Sparks built a 22-point lead in the first eight minutes in earning a 92-75 win Friday night in the third game of the WNBA Finals in front of 8,093 at USC's Galen Center. The Sparks can secure their first WNBA championship since 2002 with a win Sunday night in Game 4 at the Staples Center. 'They won the persistence battle,' Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. 'We didn't rise to the occasion. We were soft. We were feeble. I didn't see it coming, to be honest with you. 'I'm not sure what we were expecting when we started the game, but it wasn't that.' Los Angeles took immediate control behind an aggressive defense that forced 13 turnovers and converted them into 24 points. 'It felt like we had 30 turnovers for 60 points,' Reeve said. 'With just 13 for 24, they cashed in on every single one of them.' The Sparks also outrebounded the Lynx for the first time in the series. Los Angeles grabbed 11 rebounds to the visitors' five in the first quarter, and finished with 29 to Minnesota's 24. 'That was something different from the last game,' said Lynx center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU), who explained the difference as 'just a lot of good effort from L.A.'s posts and guards just crashing the boards more often and frequently.' Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) and Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford) reaped the benefits. After scoring just six points in Game 2, Nneka Ogwumike collected 21 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. Parker added a game-high 24 points, matched Nneka Ogwumike with nine rebounds and blocked two shots. 'That was a product of me being nonexistent in every game we played Minnesota this year,' Parker said about her performance. 'My teammates played well in Game 1 and Game 2, but I was just there.' Meanwhile, the Sparks' Essence Carson (6'0''-G/F-86, college: Rutgers) and Alana Beard (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Duke) wreaked havoc from the perimeter. Carson made all four of her three-point shots to finish with 16 points, and Beard scored 15. Los Angeles took a 7-0 lead before Fowles scored the Lynx's first points on a lay-in with three minutes gone. But the visitors would score just six more points in the next 4:08 as the Sparks built a 30-8 advantage with 1:59 left in the first quarter. Parker led the blitz with 10 points, while Nneka Ogwumike scored eight. 'When you have such a long, aggressive and athletic team like L.A., you have to anticipate ways to get out of their pressure,' Lynx star Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) said. 'They're extremely good at converting those turnovers into points where we can't even give our defense a chance to stop them.' But the Lynx used a 13-2 surge in the final 4:44 of the second quarter to narrow their halftime deficit to 48-40. The Sparks responded in the third quarter with a 6-0 spurt to expand their lead from 58-50 to 64-50 with 2:37 left in the period. 'We increased our defensive intensity and got some deflections and steals to give ourselves some fastbreak points and more possessions,' Moore said. 'But at the end of the day, if we continue to turn the ball over, it robs us of opportunities to score and gives them opportunities to score.' Fowles and Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) led the Lynx with 14 points apiece, while Lindsay Whalen added 11. The Lynx might play Sunday night without forward Janel McCarville, who injured her back while being fouled from behind by the Sparks' Janel Lavender with 45 seconds left in the third quarter. McCarville left the game, and no prognosis was announced.
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