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The Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 70-68 on Tuesday night in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
Here are our three observations from the game:
Lynx Bounce Back Nicely
After falling in the final seconds of Game 1 on Sunday, Minnesota bounced back nicely on Tuesday to even the series and take Game 2.
The Lynx came out of the gate strong, outscoring the Sparks 28-10 in the first quarter and leading by as much as 20 in the first half.
That lead was enough to hold off a Los Angeles comeback late in the game to come away with the win.
One of the many things Minnesota did well in the game came on the defensive side of the ball. Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve and her players credited their defense for winning them the game on Tuesday.
Minnesota held Los Angeles to shooting 38.7 percent in the game, including 28.1 percent in the first half. The Lynx finished shooting 44.4 percent from the field.
Balanced Attack For Minnesota
Of the six players that scored for the Lynx in the game, five of them finished in double-figures, showing off the balanced attack in the victory.
Lindsay Whalen led the way with 14 points, three rebounds and three assists, Sylvia Fowles had 13 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks, Maya Moore had 13 points and five rebounds, Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and three blocks and Seimone Augustus added 11 points and two assists. Coming off the bench, Renee Montgomery added seven points and three rebounds.
Fowles’ 17 rebounds in the contest set a new WNBA Finals record and she recorded her ninth Finals double-double, which is the most in Finals history.
After Game 1, where she scored two points, Brunson told Reeve “I can’t wait for Game 2,” and Reeve said before Tuesday’s game that “if we win this game, Brunson will be a big reason why.” Brunson certainly was a big reason why, playing a stellar game on both ends of the floor for the Lynx.
Now A Best-Of-Three Series
Following Tuesday’s win, Minnesota evened the best-of-five WNBA Finals series 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Friday in Los Angeles.
So now, much like last year’s showdown in the Finals, we are basically down to a best-of-three series between the Lynx and Sparks.
And if Games 3 and 4 end up being anything like the first two games of the series thus far, we are in for a treat.
The Lynx and Sparks return to action in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals at 8 p.m. (CT) on Friday at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The game will be aired on ESPN2, 106.1 BOB FM, TuneIn Radio and the Lynx App.
We will have plenty of content at LynxBasketball.com from Los Angeles starting Friday.