Finals: Sparks close to within one win of repeat

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Only one win now separates the Los Angeles Sparks from repeating as WNBA champions and a fourth W title in team history.

The scene shifted to Los Angeles for Game 3 of the WNBA Finals and the Sparks sent their fans home happy as they defeated the Minnesota Lynx 75-64.

Instrumental in the Game 3 Sparks win—a double-double from Nneka Ogwumike, leading Los Angeles with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Sparks were also lifted by 16 points from Odyssey Sims, 14 points and seven assists from Chelsea Gray, and 13 points plus three blocked shots by Candace Parker.

Maya Moore scored 16 points for Minnesota. Sylvia Fowles added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Renee Montgomery gave the Lynx 12 points off the bench.

Los Angeles had as much as a 13-point advantage in the third quarter, but if this Finals has taught us anything – it is that no lead is safe. The Lynx got within one in the fourth quarter, but the Sparks closed out the game scoring 17 of the contest’s last 24 points.

The Sparks also shot 84 percent from the free throw line and out-rebounded the Lynx 34-27. Holding a team such as Minnesota to under 70 points is not exactly the easiest of tasks as it happened only five times this year during the regular season–even though two of those occurrence were at the hands of the Sparks.

Game 4 is Sunday at 8:30 eastern with the Sparks standing one win shy of a fourth WNBA title.

By: Akiem Bailum (@AkiemBailum on Twitter, Instagram)