WNBA Finals 2017: Game 3

As the 2017 WNBA Finals best of five series shifts to L.A. for Game 3, fans, spectators, and basketball enthusiast alike, will be #WatchingThemWork. Yes, all eyes will be glued on the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx Friday, at 9 PM ET, when the Lynx visit Staples Center in this tight series.

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Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus and L.A.’s Chelsea Gray scrap for a loose ball in Game 2’s thriller. Courtesy photo/ Scott Takushi: Pioneer Press

After a heartbreaking one point loss in Game 1 of these Finals that was all too familiar, the Lynx came roaring back to start Game 2; giving the Sparks a taste of their own medicine. Minnesota took a 15-point lead in the first eight minutes, holding Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker to a combined 0 for 11 in the first half. League MVP Sylvia Fowles had a record breaking night after the Lynx had a poor effort on the glass in Game 1, where they failed to grab not even one rebound in the opening quarter. Hungry for a win to even the series, Fowles went on to grab 17 boards, a Finals-record formerly held by Taj McWilliams-Franklin (16 rebounds) of the 2005 Connecticut Sun. Fowles and Maya Moore each finished with 13 apiece, while Lindsay Whalen led the Lynx with 14 points in the 70-68 victory.

Lynx outlast Sparks, 70-68. Another down to the wire finish!

In a reverse role-play, the Sparks managed to battle their way back cutting Minnesota’s lead to two after a pair of made free-throws by Candace Parker. With just 14 seconds to make a play, the Sparks made two costly turnovers that lost them a chance at a 2-0 series lead. Parker finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists on the evening. Ogwumike added 11 points and 13 rebounds alongside Game 1 hero, Chelsea Gray’s 15 points.

Looking to rejuvenate themselves in front of their home crowd, the Sparks are still aiming for that back to back chip as Game 3 gets set for tip-off.

Be sure to tune in on ESPN 2, Friday at 9 PM ET.


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