MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — The Minnesota Lynx and regular season MVP Sylvia Fowles led the defensively charged-up host to a 70-68 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night, evening the series at one game apiece. Fowles broke Taj McWilliams-Franklin’s record of 16 for Connecticut in 2005.
However, it was Seimone Augustus hounding Alana Beard on the Sparks final possession that led to the vicotry – after Beard was whistled for a five-second call on the inbounds pass.
Lindsay Whalen scored 14 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 12 and the Lynx held the defending champions to 38.7 percent shooting while bouncing back from a last-second loss in Game 1.
Candace Parker had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Sparks. Gray scored 15 points for Los Angeles, and Nneka Ogwumike had 11 points on 3-for-13 shooting and 13 rebounds.
For the second straight game, the Sparks left the court just before ”The Star Spangled Banner” started, a show of support for their NFL brethren.
Game 3 is on Friday in Los Angeles.