Los Angeles 83, Minnesota 80
Sparks Outlast Lynx to Go 3-0
MINNEAPOLIS, May 28 (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Sparks remained perfect on the season by going perfect from the line.
Two-time defending champion Los Angeles has won 12 straight games dating to last season, including an unbeaten run through the playoffs. This year, they have been phenomenal at the line, making 58-of-64 free throws.
After Minnesota's Svetlana Abrosimova made two fre throws to cut the deficit to 77-76, Mwadi Mabika actually missed one for Los Angeles. But Tamika Williams was called for a lane violation, and Mabika made the replacement foul shot before adding another for a 79-76 edge with 59 seconds to go.
Sheri Sam hit a pair from the line for the Lynx before Nikki Teasley made a clutch basket with 24 seconds to play, restoring the three-point lead. Abrosimova made a jumper, but Tamecka Dixon sank two free throws to make it 83-80 with 13 seconds to play.
On Minnesota's last possession, Los Angeles switched its defenders on the perimeter shooters, forcing Abrosimova to take an off-balance three-pointer that hit only the backboard.
Teasley scored 16 points, Dixon added 15 and Mabika 10 for the Sparks, who shot 47 percent (29-of-62) from the field. Leslie grabbed 11 rebounds.
Katie Smith scored 19 points and Abrosimova added 18 for the Lynx, who shot 44 percent (28-of-64) and made 14-of-17 free throws. Williams had 15 points and eight boards.
Layups by DeLisha Milton and Dixon gave the Sparks the lead for good at 65-61 with 9:47 to play. The Lynx pulled within a point four times in the first two minutes but never tied it.