LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (Ticker) -- Facing elimination for the first time in two years, Lisa Leslie responded for the Los Angeles Sparks.

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Leslie led a balanced attack with 20 points as the Sparks forced a decisive third game in their Western Conference first-round series with the Minnesota Lynx with an 80-69 victory.

Los Angeles blew a 21-point lead in Thursday's 74-72 loss at Minnesota that snapped the two-time defending champions' nine-game postseason winning streak. The Sparks came back with a solid team effort, placing five players in double figures to even the series.

Game Three is Monday night at STAPLES Center.

DeLisha Milton collected 17 points and 10 rebounds and Tamecka Dixon also scored 17 points as all five Los Angeles starters registered double figures. Mwadi Mabika and Nikki Teasley each added 12 points.

Milton score seven points in a 15-2 surge that opened a 28-12 cushion 8:35 before halftime. The Sparks settled for a 36-26 edge at intermission.

Leslie's basket gave Los Angeles a 54-32 lead with 13:18 remaining before Minnesota made a late comeback, similar to its Game One effort. Sheri Sam's basket sliced the deficit to 75-67 with two minutes to go.

Dixon made four foul shots in a 10-second span for a 79-67 advantage with 77 seconds left.

Katie Smith scored 18 points to lead the Lynx, who have lost eight straight at Los Angeles.