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The Los Angeles Sparks topped the Minnesota Lynx 75-64 in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Friday night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
Here are our three observations from the game:
Comeback Falls Just Short
After trailing by 13 points in the second half, the Lynx fought their way back into the game late.
Minnesota brought the game within one and had about three or four chances to take the lead, but Los Angeles went on a bit of a run to extend its lead.
“We have about four shots on goal that I thought were all good shots. We couldn’t get one to go down and LA executed their offense and hit a big three,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said. “We couldn’t convert and then it was hard from there to play catch-up.”
Strong Outing From The Bench
While the starting five experienced some struggles early on in the game, the Lynx bench stepped up.
After scoring six and seven points in the first two games, Minnesota’s bench went off to score 27 points and outscore Los Angeles’ bench 27-11 in the game.
The bench was led by Renee Montgomery with 12 points, including two threes. Rookie guard Alexis Jones had nine points and four assists in her first Finals appearance, Natasha Howard had four points and Jia Perkins added two points.
Lynx Try To Even Series On Sunday
With their backs against the wall, down 2-1 in the series, the Lynx focus on trying to even the series at 2-2 on Sunday night in Los Angeles.
Minnesota and Los Angeles will be back in action in Game 4 of the Finals at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Sunday night at STAPLES Center. The game will be aired on ESPN, 106.1 BOB FM, TuneIn Radio and the Lynx App.
And, just like last year, the Lynx are trying to force a Game 5 back in Minneapolis.
“There’s been a theme that the team that punches first seems to set the tone for the game, so we want to set the tone for (Game 4),” Montgomery said. “Next game is do or die. We are going to have to play like our season is on the line next game. You play like it’s your last game.”