After a tough lost in Game 2, Candace Parker and the Sparks bounced back to defeat the Lynx on their home court Friday night at the Staples Center.
Yes, the gurls came back in Game 3 to beat their rival 92-75 to lead the Finals series, 2-1. Parker led Los Angeles with a game-high 24 points and nine rebounds. Teammate Nneka Ogwumike finished with 21 points and nine rebounds in the game.
At halftime, the Sparks had a 48-40 over Minnesota. Both of Minnesota’s go-to players Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus were held to nine points each. Minnesota’s Head Coach expressed her reactions to the outcome of the game. “I didn’t see it coming,” Cheryl Reeve said.”They won the persistency battle. We didn’t rise to the occasion. We were soft, we were feeble.” I’m pretty sure you didn’t because this game showed who wanted it more.
The Sparks also had two other players scoring in double digits with Essence Carson for 16 points and Alana Beard finishing with 15. Game 2 was a learning lesson for the Sparks to come back and take Game 3 from the Lynx.
Tonight’s victory for the Sparks means that they have to win Game 4 on their home court on Sunday if they want to win the 2016 WNBA Finals. If the other way around, Game 5 will be held in Minnesota, which is the determining factor of who will be name the champions. Minnesota is also seeking its fourth consecutive championship. So gurls! Who do you think will win the 2016 WNBA Finals?