MINNEAPOLIS, May 25 (Ticker) -- Rookie Amber Jacobs helped solve the Minnesota Lynx's struggles against the Los Angeles Sparks.

Jacobs made a steal with three seconds remaining and Svetlana Abrosimova sank two key free throws as the Lynx defeated the Sparks, 68-65, for just the fourth time in 24 all-time meetings.

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Minnesota (1-1) jumped out to a 39-26 lead at half behind 11 points by Katie Smith and led, 46-28, on a layup by Tamika Williams with 17:03 to play.

Los Angeles used a 9-2 run to close to 50-45 with 9:53 to play. The Sparks took the lead at 59-58 on bank shot by Lisa Leslie before the Lynx scored eight of the next 10 points.

After Chamique Holdsclaw's jumper and layup moved Los Angeles within 66-65 with 10 seconds left, Smith missed two free throws.

After a timeout, the Sparks' Tamecka Dixon lost an inbounds pass to Jacobs and Abrosimova made two free throws with two seconds left to seal the first victory of the season for the Lynx.

Smith scored 24 points and Abrosimova added 13 for Minnesota.

Holdsclaw and Leslie combined for just 27 points on 12-of-31 shooting for Los Angeles (1-1).