The Minnesota Lynx has been there and done that.
After losing the opener on a last-second shot, the Lynx bounced back with a convincing 79-60 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks to even the series at one-apiece. Maya Moore had 21 points and 12 rebounds while Sylvia Fowles had 13 points and 15 boards as Minnesota held Los Angeles to 32.9 percent shooting to bounce back from a last-second loss in Game 1.
“We played like this game was more important to them than it was to us and that’s unfortunate,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “You don’t get these opportunities often, so you have to play like you might not get this game back.”
Nneka Ogwumike had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Sparks, who head back home for the next two games in the best-of-five series. Candace Parker was quiet with six points on 3-for-12 shooting and the Sparks missed 17 of 20 3-pointers.
The Lynx are trying to become the first back-to-back champions in the league since the Sparks repeated in 2002. A win in this series would also give Minnesota its fourth championship, which would tie the Lynx with the Houston Comets for most in league history.