With their season on the line, the Minnesota Lynx responded on Sunday night with an 85-79 win over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals. The stars came out to play, with Maya Moore dominating every facet of the game with 31 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks. She was joined by center Sylvia Fowles, who played 39 minutes, and had yet another double-double, with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Sparks didn’t go quietly with a chance to clinch the title on their home court, but the duo of Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker was unable to match the dominance of Moore and Fowles, as Ogwumike had just 11 points, while Parker shot 4-for-14 from the field.
It was the three-point shooting that kept LA in the game, as both Kristi Toliver and Chelsea Gray knocked down four three-pointers. Gray finished as the Sparks’ leading scorer, despite coming off the bench and playing just 24 minutes, she scored 20 points and nearly was the catalyst to LA raising the trophy.
The Lynx have now forced a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday night for the 2016 WNBA Championship in Minnesota. They have won three of the last five WNBA titles, including last season when they knocked off Los Angeles in the Conference Semifinals en route to the ring.
Minnesota lost at home only twice during the regular season, but one of those losses came to the Sparks. They then lost at home again in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals when Alana Beard knocked down a game-winning buzzer beater. The team’s have alternated wins during the series with just one game remaining in the WNBA season.