The Sparks returned the favor by dominating the Lynx early, surviving a Minny run, and then running away with the game.
LA Times’s Jesse Dougherty: WNBA Finals: Sparks roll to victory over the Lynx, 92-75, in Game 3
“I’m glad that we responded the way that we did after our showing up in Minnesota in Game 2,” Sparks Coach Brian Angler said. “I have a lot of respect for Minnesota, we know that they’re going to come really at us on Sunday. So we’ll have to be at our best to be competitive.”
The Sparks, coming off a 19-point loss Tuesday at Minneapolis, played at a breakneck pace from the opening tip Friday and never slowed down.
Hours after the WNBA all-league ballots were revealed and Los Angeles Sparks center Candace Parker was omitted, she put her team on her back and led it to the brink of a title.
Swish Appeal: Parker unleashes fury as Sparks stomp Lynx in Game 3
AP’s Beth Harris: Sparks rout Lynx 92-75; move within game of WNBA title
Candace Parker watched video of herself in every game the Sparks played against Minnesota this season.
She didn’t like what she saw
Winning Game 3 of the WNBA Finals was no pressure for the Los Angeles Sparks.
Using a pressure defense to catch the Minnesota Lynx off guard, along with a more aggressive stance on offensive rebounds, the Sparks pulverized the Lynx for a 92-75 win Friday night at Galen Center. With the win, Los Angeles holds a 2-1 series lead and sits one victory away from ending a championship drought that began in 2003.
Unsurprisingly, no one on the Sparks is ready to think about hoisting the trophy.
USA Today’s Alysha Tsuji: Sparks return to form in Game 3 victory against Lynx
With Snoop Dogg at one point standing and cheering courtside, the Los Angeles Sparks delivered a dominant 92-75 victory to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five WNBA Finals series against the Minnesota Lynx on Friday at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center.
Every single thing that went wrong for the Sparks in their 19-point loss in Game 2 went right for them in their 17-point win in Game 3, especially for veteran Candace Parker.
Canis Hoopus: Sparks Rout Lynx 92-75 to Take 2-1 Series Lead
Duluth News Tribune: Lynx on brink of elimination in WNBA Finals
In a hugely disappointing game three of the WNBA Finals, the Lynx were a step behind the Sparks all night and lost by a final score of 92-75 to fall behind two game to one in the series. They will face an elimination game in Los Angeles in game four on Sunday.
It went bad early for the Lynx, who fell behind 7-0 in the first minutes of the game, and it only got worse from there, as the Sparks used pressure defense to force turnovers and surprisingly dominated the glass on their way to a lead that ballooned to 30-8 late in the first quarter. The Lynx made a furious run in the last five minutes of the first half, cutting a 20 point deficit to eight at halftime behind tougher defense, but that was as close as they would get. They were again plagued by turnovers in the second half, and the Sparks were able to stretch out their lead once gain and cruise through the fourth quarter.
Culver Times: Can The Sparks Win The WNBA Championship?
When the Sparks walk into the Staples Center on Sunday, they will be 40 minutes away from the franchise’s first title since 2002. Lisa Leslie was the face of the franchise then, and she helped the Sparks capture their two titles in back-to-back years. Parker has been the face of the franchise since 2008 and has led the team to the postseason in eight of her nine seasons. This is, however, her first trip to the finals.
“She just told me, ‘Hey, we’re not going to get a second opportunity like this,’” Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike said after Game 4. “That’s her speaking from her experience, and point blank that’s really what it’s all about.”
Now, all we’ve gotta do is wait…. sigh.
In the meantime, wanna shake your head a bit? Check out who is and is not on the list: MVP Nneka Ogwumike tops All-WNBA First Team
Putting it into perspective: For West Bridgewater coach, wrong era to play, right time to lead
When Mary Duggan Watson was running around the region as a tyke in the 1950s, she said she ran faster than the boys.
Jumped higher, too.
And played sports better.
But the West Bridgewater resident, now 70, didn’t play organized sports because she was born in the wrong era.
Nikky Finney’s poetry collection “Head Off & Split” won the 2011 National Book Award, and her extraordinary acceptance speech is now part of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. Finney, 59, who is writing two poems for the 2016 espnW: Women + Sports Summit, talks with Allison Glock about her work, about growing up as an athlete — she played basketball at Talladega (Alabama) College — and the unique ways sports fortify women.
Allison Glock: What drew you into sports?
Nikky Finney: I noticed as a girl how my brothers had the freedom to sit in a chair. They could put their feet up. They could lean back. They could stretch. They could do all manner of gymnastic things. I was told, “Be still, keep your dress down, keep your legs closed” — all of the things girls are always taught. This began to circulate in my mind and heart, the freedom of movement.