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Posted Oct 04 2012 11:59PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Playing strong close to the basket has the Minnesota Lynx one win away from a return trip to the WNBA finals.

Maya Moore scored 20 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 94-77 Thursday night in the opener of the Western Conference finals.

Seimone Augustus added 16 points for the defending champion Lynx.

Candace Parker scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds for Los Angeles. Alana Beard added 16 points, but Kristi Toliver, who came in averaging 26 points in the playoffs, was held to 12.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Sunday in Los Angeles, where the Lynx are 4-21 all-time.

``It was a really good team win,'' Moore said.

Minnesota held a 37-25 rebounding edge, outscored the Sparks 46-34 in the paint and held a 20-2 advantage in second-chance points to improve to 19-1 at home this season.

``We did not answer or match their physicality and we paid for it,'' said Sparks coach Carol Ross. ``We ended with four offensive rebounds, just one at halftime. You can't survive that way.''

Parker had 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, but only one other Sparks player had more than two - reserve Nicky Anosike with four.

``We really have to put a lot of our focus on our effort and what we do once the ball is shot and it hits the rim,'' said DeLisha Milton-Jones. ``They cannot get second-chance points, because it puts us in a world of trouble.''

Besides Brunson, who has 46 rebounds in four playoff games, including three double-doubles, Augustus had six rebounds for Minnesota, Moore had five, Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Amber Harris each had four.

``We just kept going. We never gave up. We never gave in. We knew that was going to be key for this game, to limit their second chance points. They crash the boards pretty hard,'' Brunson said. ``We really locked in. We focused in. We did a great job.''

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve was especially impressed by the 42-year-old McWilliams-Franklin keeping rookie Nneka Ogwumike in check. The latter was averaging six boards a game.

``Ogwumike is just so impressive athletically. She has a lot of fast-twitch muscles and Taj doesn't have any, but Taj has intelligence and she plays on angles. And like she said, `Coach, I may not get a rebound, but I will block her out.'''

Minnesota, which averaged a WNBA-best 86 points during the regular season - just two more than Los Angeles, took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Sparks 32-16 for a 48-31 halftime lead.

As part of a 14-2 run, the Lynx scored six points on the break and added another down low before a 3-pointer by Moore finished the surge. After Milton-Jones missed a long jumper for the Sparks, Harris scored her first postseason points with back-to-back layups for a 38-23 lead.

A 3-pointer by Candice Wiggins, steal and layup by Monica Wright, and a 3-pointer by Augustus put the Lynx up 46-26. After Parker scored five straight points for the Sparks, Lindsay Whalen scored on a putback at the buzzer.

Playing with a broken left ring finger and a bruised left wrist, Whalen finished with 12 points.

``She plays with so much heart and it's contagious,'' Moore said.

Minnesota increased its lead to 24 in the third quarter before Parker, who is averaging 27.3 points in the postseason, began to find success down low. She scored eight points during a 16-5 run that got the Sparks within 66-53 late in the quarter.

``This team didn't wait for us to wake up,'' Parker said. ``For three-fourths of the game we laid down and took it.''

Los Angeles pulled to 73-63 midway through the fourth, but the Lynx answered with back-to-back 3-pointers by Moore and Wright.

Moore was 5-for-5 from the field in the final quarter.

``She was tremendous. She hit back-breaking shots,'' Ross said. ``She wants the ball and knows what to do with it when she gets it.''

Toliver was quiet through three quarters, with just two points and no assists, before getting 10 points in the final 10 minutes.

``One thing I know about Kristi is that she'll come back stronger in the next game,'' Parker said.

McWilliams-Franklin set a league record by playing in her 59th career playoff game.


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Sparks
Lynx
     
    • 48.3%

    • 48.8%

    • 38.5%

    • 42.9%

    • 69.6%

    • 83.3%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
LAS MIN
Total Rebounds 11 7
Offensive Rebounds 4 13
Turnovers 14 8
Fast Break Pts: 20 12
Biggest Lead: 5 24
Points in the Paint: 34 46
LAS MIN
p Parker   25 Moore   20
rb Parker   11 Brunson   10
a Parker   4 Augustus   7
s 2 players   2 Wright   2
b 2 players   1 2 players   1
 
  • 05/24 - LAS 84 @ MIN 92
  • 07/05 - MIN 90 @ LAS 96
  • 09/04 - LAS 77 @ MIN 88
  • 09/20 - MIN 76 @ LAS 92
Los Angeles Sparks (24-10)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
D. Milton-Jones F 24:03 1-4 1-2 0-0 -17 0 1 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 3
N. Ogwumike F 22:49 3-6 0-0 0-2 -17 0 2 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 6
C. Parker F 33:52 9-15 2-3 5-6 -10 1 10 11 4 0 2 1 1 0 25
A. Beard G-F 34:24 6-12 0-1 4-6 -9 0 2 2 3 2 2 2 1 0 16
K. Toliver G 26:30 4-9 0-2 4-5 -16 0 1 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 12
J. O'Hea   22:34 1-2 1-2 2-2 -7 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 5
J. Lavender   04:47 0-0 0-0 0-0 -8 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
M. Coleman   05:06 1-2 1-2 0-0 -8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
N. Anosike   12:38 3-6 0-0 1-2 +6 1 3 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 7
E. Hoffman   05:54 0-0 0-0 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Sykes   07:23 0-2 0-1 0-0 +6 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total   200 28-58 5-13 16-23   4 21 25 13 13 5 14 2 2 77
  48.3% 38.5% 69.6%   team rebs: 11 total to: 14
Minnesota Lynx (27-7)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Moore F 29:18 8-13 4-6 0-0 +18 1 4 5 5 3 1 0 0 0 20
R. Brunson F 29:36 5-8 0-0 4-4 +17 5 5 10 1 4 1 0 1 0 14
T. McWilliams-Franklin F-C 21:19 3-7 0-0 0-0 +11 2 2 4 1 3 1 2 1 0 6
S. Augustus G 34:11 7-17 1-5 1-2 +18 0 6 6 7 1 1 2 0 1 16
L. Whalen G 26:07 6-11 0-0 0-0 +11 1 1 2 3 0 1 1 0 0 12
C. Wiggins   16:40 1-7 1-5 0-0 +3 0 2 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 3
D. Peters   06:05 1-2 0-0 0-0 -7 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2
M. Wright   22:08 4-10 1-1 0-0 +8 2 1 3 2 2 2 1 0 1 9
A. Harris   12:41 4-6 1-3 0-0 +2 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 9
E. Thorn   00:57 1-1 1-1 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
J. Adair   00:57 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   200 40-82 9-21 5-6   13 24 37 22 20 7 8 2 2 94
  48.8% 42.9% 83.3%   team rebs: 7 total to: 8

inactive

  • Sparks: --
  • Lynx: --

technical fouls

  • Sparks: --
  • Lynx: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 3
  • Times Tied: 4

arena stats

  • Arena: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Officials: #42 Roy Gulbeyan, #8 Daryl Humphrey, #44 Felicia Grinter
  • Attendance: 8513
  • Duration: 1:56
Los Angeles Sparks (24-11) Minnesota Lynx (28-7)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Brunson vs Parker (Toliver gains possession) 
Parker Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:34
[LAS 2-0]
 
  09:07
[MIN 2-2]
Augustus Driving Bank shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Beard 3pt Shot: Missed  08:43  
  08:41 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:30 Augustus Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Beard (1 ST) 
Ogwumike Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Milton-Jones (1 AST)  08:25
[LAS 4-2]
 
Toliver Foul: Personal (1 PF)  08:01  
  07:53
[MIN 4-4]
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Moore (1 AST) 
Beard Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:40
[LAS 6-4]
 
  07:23 Augustus Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:22 Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  07:20 Brunson Layup Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:19  
Toliver Pullup Jump shot: Missed  07:06  
  07:05 Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  06:58
[MIN 6-6]
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Toliver Jump Shot: Missed  06:50  
  06:48 Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:38
[MIN 8-6]
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Parker Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:McWilliams-Franklin (1 ST)  06:20  
  06:14 Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:12 Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  06:06
[MIN 10-6]
Whalen Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Ogwumike Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Milton-Jones (2 AST)  05:44
[LAS 8-10]
 
  05:26 Whalen Layup Shot: Missed 
  05:25 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  05:24 McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:22  
Beard Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Parker (1 AST)  05:19
[LAS 10-10]
 
  05:08 Augustus Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Ogwumike (1 ST) 
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS)  04:59
[LAS 13-10]
 
  04:38 McWilliams-Franklin Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
  04:38  
  04:38 Whalen Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  04:38 McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Peters 
  04:38 Augustus Substitution replaced by Wright 
Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed  04:24  
  04:23 Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
Milton-Jones Foul: Personal (1 PF)  04:20  
  04:03 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  04:02  
  04:02 Peters Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) 
  03:40 Peters Foul: Shooting (2 PF) 
Beard Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  03:40
[LAS 14-10]
 
  03:40 Peters Substitution replaced by Harris 
Beard Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  03:40
[LAS 15-10]
 
  03:27 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:24 Team Rebound 
Ogwumike Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF)  03:24  
Beard Substitution replaced by O'Hea  03:24  
  03:10
[MIN 12-15]
Wright Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Milton-Jones 3pt Shot: Missed  02:56  
Team Rebound  02:54  
  02:54 Brunson Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) 
O'Hea Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  02:42  
  02:32 Harris 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:31  
Ogwumike Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Wright (1 ST)  02:22  
  02:16 Wright Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:15 Team Rebound 
  02:03
[MIN 14-15]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (1 AST) 
  01:57 Wiggins Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
  01:57 Moore Substitution replaced by Augustus 
Parker Substitution replaced by Lavender  01:57  
Milton-Jones Substitution replaced by Coleman  01:57  
Toliver Jump Shot: Missed  01:51  
  01:49 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:39
[MIN 16-15]
Augustus Floating Jump shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Toliver Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  01:29  
  01:29 Brunson Substitution replaced by McWilliams-Franklin 
  01:14 Wright Jump Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:12  
Ogwumike Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  01:00  
Coleman Foul: Personal (1 PF)  00:48.3  
  00:40.9 Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed 
Toliver Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:39.7  
O'Hea 3pt Shot: Missed  00:28.9  
Lavender Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  00:26.9  
Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed  00:01.8  
  00:00.5 Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
End of 1st Qtr
Los Angeles Sparks (24-11) Minnesota Lynx (28-7)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
  09:44
[MIN 18-15]
Augustus Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Coleman 3pt Shot: Missed  09:21  
  09:19 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:09 Harris Substitution replaced by Brunson 
Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Parker  09:09  
Lavender Foul: Shooting (1 PF)  09:03  
  09:03
[MIN 19-15]
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Coleman Substitution replaced by Milton-Jones  09:03  
  09:03
[MIN 20-15]
Brunson Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Lavender Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  08:56  
O'Hea Foul: Personal (1 PF)  08:44  
Lavender Substitution replaced by Anosike  08:44  
  08:33 McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  08:32  
Anosike Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Parker (2 AST)  08:26
[LAS 17-20]
 
  08:20 McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Moore 
  08:09 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  08:08  
  08:07 Moore Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
  07:47 Moore Foul: Shooting (2 PF) 
Anosike Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  07:47  
Team Rebound  07:47  
Anosike Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  07:47
[LAS 18-20]
 
  07:40 Augustus Floating Jump shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  07:39  
Milton-Jones Jump Shot: Missed  07:25  
  07:22 Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:18
[MIN 22-18]
Augustus Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Moore (2 AST) 
Beard Driving Jump shot: Missed  07:03  
  07:02 Team Rebound 
O'Hea Foul: Shooting (2 PF)  06:48  
  06:48
[MIN 23-18]
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
O'Hea Substitution replaced by Toliver  06:48  
  06:48
[MIN 24-18]
Brunson Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Anosike Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  06:35  
  06:24 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Anosike Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:23  
Anosike Jump Shot: Missed  06:04  
  06:03 Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:58
[MIN 26-18]
Wright Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Moore (3 AST) 
Beard Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Anosike (1 AST)  05:36
[LAS 20-26]
 
  05:20
[MIN 28-20]
Brunson Jump Bank Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Moore (4 AST) 
Parker Jump Shot: Missed  05:02  
  05:01 Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  04:51 Wright Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:50 Wright Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  04:48 Wright Layup Shot: Missed Block: Parker (1 BLK) 
  04:46 Wright Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
Toliver Foul: Shooting (2 PF)  04:41  
  04:41 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:41 Whalen Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  04:41 Wright Substitution replaced by McWilliams-Franklin 
  04:41 Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  04:41 Team Rebound 
Anosike Substitution replaced by Ogwumike  04:41  
  04:41
[MIN 29-20]
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Milton-Jones Layup Shot: Missed  04:25  
  04:24 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  04:19
[MIN 31-20]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Augustus (1 AST) 
Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed  03:55  
  03:54 Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  03:44
[MIN 34-20]
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:42  
  03:42 Brunson Substitution replaced by Harris 
Parker Substitution replaced by Hoffman  03:42  
Milton-Jones 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS)  03:31
[LAS 23-34]
 
  03:16
[MIN 36-23]
Harris Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Augustus (2 AST) 
Beard Jump Shot: Missed  03:01  
  03:00 Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:54 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:52 Harris Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  02:50
[MIN 38-23]
Harris Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
  02:34 Wiggins Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Parker  02:34  
  02:34 Moore Substitution replaced by Wright 
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  02:28
[LAS 25-38]
 
  02:04
[MIN 41-25]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Augustus (3 AST) 
Toliver Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Wright (2 ST)  01:58  
  01:53
[MIN 43-25]
Wright Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Beard Jump Shot: Missed  01:38  
  01:37 Harris Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  01:26 McWilliams-Franklin Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Parker (1 ST) 
  01:21 Augustus Foul: Shooting (1 PF) 
Beard Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  01:21
[LAS 26-43]
 
Toliver Substitution replaced by O'Hea  01:21  
Beard Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:21  
  01:20 Harris Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  01:07
[MIN 46-26]
Augustus 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Wright (1 AST) 
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Beard (1 AST)  00:48.8
[LAS 29-46]
 
  00:41.9 Wright Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Beard (2 ST) 
Parker Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Beard (2 AST)  00:36.5
[LAS 31-46]
 
  00:36.5 Team Timeout : Regular 
  00:36.5 Harris Substitution replaced by Whalen 
  00:36.5 Wright Substitution replaced by Moore 
  00:18.9 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
Milton-Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:16.9  
Milton-Jones Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  00:14.7  
  00:01.9 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.8 Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  00:00.0
[MIN 48-31]
Whalen Putback Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
End of 2nd Qtr
Los Angeles Sparks (24-11) Minnesota Lynx (28-7)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
  09:40 Brunson Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:38 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  09:34 Whalen Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:32 Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  09:31 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  09:29  
Parker Jump Shot: Missed  09:20  
  09:19 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  09:02 Brunson Jump Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  09:01  
  08:54 McWilliams-Franklin Foul: Shooting (1 PF) 
Ogwumike Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  08:54  
Team Rebound  08:54  
Ogwumike Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  08:54  
  08:53 Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  08:43 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  08:42  
Toliver Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Moore (1 ST)  08:29  
  08:22 Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Milton-Jones Foul: Offensive (2 PF)  08:13  
Milton-Jones Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  08:13  
  08:01 Whalen Jump Shot: Missed 
Beard Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:00  
Beard Driving Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  07:52
[LAS 33-48]
 
  07:31 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:29 Brunson Rebound (Off:4 Def:4) 
  07:23
[MIN 51-33]
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Augustus (4 AST) 
Parker 3pt Shot: Missed  07:05  
  07:05 Team Rebound 
Milton-Jones Foul: Loose Ball (3 PF)  07:05  
  06:55
[MIN 53-33]
Moore Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Whalen (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:48  
Ogwumike Substitution replaced by O'Hea  06:48  
Toliver Substitution replaced by Lavender  06:48  
Beard Jump Shot: Missed  06:34  
  06:32 Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  06:28
[MIN 55-33]
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Beard Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Brunson (1 ST)  06:10  
  05:57
[MIN 57-33]
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Augustus (5 AST) 
Parker Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  05:37
[LAS 35-57]
 
Beard Foul: Personal (1 PF)  05:14  
Lavender Substitution replaced by Anosike  05:14  
Milton-Jones Substitution replaced by Sykes  05:14  
  05:14 Whalen Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  05:14 McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Peters 
  05:14 Moore Substitution replaced by Wright 
  05:09 Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:07 Peters Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  05:06
[MIN 59-35]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Peters (1 AST) 
  04:49 Brunson Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Parker Driving Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS)  04:42
[LAS 37-59]
 
  04:33 Wright Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Sykes Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:32  
  04:29 Wiggins Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
  04:29 Brunson Substitution replaced by Harris 
Parker Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed  04:19  
  04:18 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  03:55
[MIN 61-37]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Anosike Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: O'Hea (1 AST)  03:43
[LAS 39-61]
 
  03:30 Wiggins Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Parker (2 ST) 
Parker Driving Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS)  03:26
[LAS 41-61]
 
  03:15 Team Timeout : Regular 
  03:15 Augustus Substitution replaced by Whalen 
  03:06
[MIN 63-41]
Harris Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Whalen (2 AST) 
  02:47 Harris Foul: Shooting (1 PF) 
Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 (17 PTS)  02:47
[LAS 42-63]
 
Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS)  02:47
[LAS 43-63]
 
  02:34 Harris Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
O'Hea 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Parker (3 AST)  02:23
[LAS 46-63]
 
  02:08
[MIN 66-46]
Harris 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Wright (2 AST) 
Parker Floating Jump shot: Made (20 PTS)  01:58
[LAS 48-66]
 
  01:39 Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed 
Anosike Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:38  
Parker Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: O'Hea (2 AST)  01:30
[LAS 50-66]
 
  01:10 Peters Jump Shot: Missed 
O'Hea Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:09  
  01:04 Wright Foul: Shooting (1 PF) 
Beard Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:04  
Team Rebound  01:04  
  01:04 Peters Substitution replaced by Brunson 
  01:04 Wright Substitution replaced by Moore 
  01:04 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Augustus 
Beard Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  01:04
[LAS 51-66]
 
  00:44.9 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:43.0  
Beard Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS)  00:33.0
[LAS 53-66]
 
  00:23.9 Harris 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:21.6  
  00:21.6 Harris Substitution replaced by Wright 
Beard Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Whalen (1 ST)  00:04.9  
  00:01.5 Whalen Layup Shot: Missed 
  00:00.8 Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
End of 3rd Qtr
Los Angeles Sparks (24-11) Minnesota Lynx (28-7)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
  09:40 McWilliams-Franklin Foul: Shooting (2 PF) 
O'Hea Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  09:40
[LAS 54-66]
 
O'Hea Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  09:40
[LAS 55-66]
 
  09:17 McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed 
Beard Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:16  
Sykes 3pt Shot: Missed  09:05  
Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:8)  09:03  
Beard Jump Shot: Missed  08:58  
Team Rebound  08:57  
Parker Jump Shot: Missed  08:55  
Sykes Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:54  
Sykes Jump Shot: Missed Block: Brunson (1 BLK)  08:51  
  08:49 Brunson Rebound (Off:4 Def:5) 
  08:30
[MIN 69-55]
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Whalen (3 AST) 
Parker Layup Shot: Missed  08:11  
  08:10 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  08:00
[MIN 71-55]
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Augustus (6 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  07:51  
  07:51 Whalen Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
Sykes Substitution replaced by Toliver  07:51  
Anosike Layup Shot: Missed  07:39  
  07:38 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  07:20 Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:9)  07:19  
Anosike Layup Shot: Missed Block: McWilliams-Franklin (1 BLK)  07:10  
Anosike Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  07:09  
Anosike Putback Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  07:08
[LAS 57-71]
 
  06:45 McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed 
Anosike Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  06:44  
  06:39 McWilliams-Franklin Foul: Shooting (3 PF) 
Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 (23 PTS)  06:39
[LAS 58-71]
 
Anosike Substitution replaced by Ogwumike  06:39  
  06:39 McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Wright 
Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 (24 PTS)  06:39
[LAS 59-71]
 
  06:24 Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:10)  06:23  
Beard Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Parker (4 AST)  06:18
[LAS 61-71]
 
  06:08
[MIN 73-61]
Augustus Driving Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Ogwumike Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Beard (3 AST)  05:57
[LAS 63-73]
 
  05:45
[MIN 76-63]
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
  05:37 Wiggins Foul: Shooting (4 PF) 
Toliver Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  05:37  
Team Rebound  05:37  
  05:37 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Whalen 
Toliver Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  05:37
[LAS 64-76]
 
  05:16
[MIN 79-64]
Wright 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Moore (5 AST) 
  05:07 Brunson Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
Team Timeout : Short  05:07  
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS)  05:03
[LAS 66-79]
 
  04:33
[MIN 81-66]
Moore Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
  04:23 Moore Foul: Shooting (3 PF) 
Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:23  
Team Rebound  04:23  
O'Hea Substitution replaced by Milton-Jones  04:23  
Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 (25 PTS)  04:23
[LAS 67-81]
 
  04:01
[MIN 83-67]
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Brunson (1 AST) 
Toliver Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  03:52
[LAS 69-83]
 
  03:52 Wright Foul: Shooting (2 PF) 
Toliver Free Throw 1 of 1 (8 PTS)  03:52
[LAS 70-83]
 
  03:28 Whalen Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:26 Brunson Rebound (Off:5 Def:5) 
  03:26
[MIN 85-70]
Brunson Tip Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Milton-Jones Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Augustus (1 ST)  03:13  
  02:58 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed Block: Beard (1 BLK) 
  02:57 Team Rebound 
  02:57  
  02:57 Jump Ball Augustus vs Beard (Wright gains possession) 
  02:50
[MIN 87-70]
Moore Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  02:35
[LAS 72-87]
 
Beard Foul: Personal (2 PF)  02:12  
Milton-Jones Substitution replaced by Coleman  02:12  
Parker Substitution replaced by Hoffman  02:12  
Beard Substitution replaced by O'Hea  02:12  
  01:59
[MIN 89-72]
Moore Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Augustus (7 AST) 
  01:47 Brunson Foul: Shooting (4 PF) 
Toliver Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  01:47
[LAS 73-89]
 
Toliver Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  01:47
[LAS 74-89]
 
  01:29 Wright Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  01:28  
Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed  01:18  
  01:16 Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
O'Hea Foul: Personal (3 PF)  00:57.2  
  00:57.2 Moore Substitution replaced by Thorn 
  00:57.2 Brunson Substitution replaced by Harris 
  00:57.2 Augustus Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  00:57.2 Whalen Substitution replaced by Peters 
  00:57.2 Wright Substitution replaced by Adair 
  00:46.2
[MIN 91-74]
Peters Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (2 AST) 
Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed  00:38.9  
  00:36.9 Harris Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:14.1
[MIN 94-74]
Thorn 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Coleman 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Toliver (1 AST)  00:06.7
[LAS 77-94]
 
  00:00.2 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- ESPN 2 National 8:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
LAS
2nd West
24
10
6-4
16-1
8-9
MIN
1st West
27
7
7-3
16-1
11-6
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
Lynx Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .473 .480
FT% .755 .875
Points 86.0 87.0
Rebounds 37.8 30.0
Assists 20.8 21.0
Steals 7.6 8.5
Blocks 4.7 2.5
3-Point % .400 .410
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Sparks Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .458 .474
FT% .793 .636
Points 84.0 78.0
Rebounds 36.9 32.0
Assists 17.8 16.0
Steals 8.9 6.0
Blocks 5.3 4.0
3-Point % .359 .300
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 2
Minnesota Lynx (2-0)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Adair, Jessica 0:57 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Augustus, Seimone 69:14 15-29 3-10 4-5 1 6 7 10 1 3 2 0 1 37
Brunson, Rebekkah 58:33 8-17 0-0 4-4 10 10 20 4 8 1 3 1 2 20
Harris, Amber 17:38 4-7 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 9
McWilliams-Franklin, Taj 51:22 7-16 0-0 0-0 2 6 8 6 6 2 3 3 0 14
Moore, Maya 64:53 14-26 8-15 4-4 1 8 9 6 4 3 3 1 0 40
Peters, Devereaux 7:45 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 4 0 1 0 0 2
Thorn, Erin 3:29 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Whalen, Lindsay 59:45 14-26 0-0 1-1 3 1 4 8 1 3 4 0 3 29
Wiggins, Candice 24:07 1-8 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 3 4 2 3 0 0 3
Wright, Monica 42:16 7-17 2-3 1-2 4 1 5 4 3 3 1 0 2 17
Los Angeles Sparks (0-2)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Anosike, Nicky 16:03 3-7 0-0 1-2 2 3 5 2 1 1 3 0 1 7
Beard, Alana 71:14 13-33 0-5 5-8 1 4 5 10 6 2 7 1 1 31
Coleman, Marissa 15:06 1-3 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 3
Hoffman, Ebony 5:54 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lavender, Jantel 10:44 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Milton, DeLisha 54:03 2-8 2-4 1-2 5 2 7 5 5 2 5 1 0 7
O'Hea, Jenna 30:09 1-3 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 5
Ogwumike, Nneka 53:27 8-15 0-0 1-4 4 5 9 1 5 1 3 1 1 17
Parker, Candace 73:52 23-37 5-9 7-8 7 19 26 9 1 3 4 5 1 58
Sykes, April 7:23 0-2 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Toliver, Kristi 62:05 12-25 0-5 4-7 1 5 6 3 2 2 6 0 0 28