Lynx bounce back, stroll past Sparks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maya Moore scored 31 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 94-77 win against the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.
Moore scored 16 of Minnesota’s 32 points in the third quarter as the Lynx (9-3) snapped a two-game losing streak and avoided their fourth loss in five games. Moore shot 12 for 16 from the field in her highest-scoring game since a career-high 38-point game last month.
Seimone Augustus added 14 points while Lindsay Whalen had 12 points and seven assists for Minnesota, which equaled a season highs for points and set season highs for field goals (37) and field-goal percentage (64 percent).
Alana Beard led the Sparks (3-7) with 18 points and Candace Parker had 16 points as Los Angeles lost four straight games for the first time since 2011. Nneka Ogwumike scored 13 points with eight rebounds for the Sparks, who never got within double digits in the second half.
Moore scored Minnesota’s first 10 points of the second half as the Lynx outscored the Sparks, 32-15, in the third quarter. She sank two 3-pointers and scored on a drive and in the paint to give the Lynx a 78-57 lead. Tricia Liston made a 3-pointer and Devereaux Peters followed with a layup to push the lead to 85-57 after the third quarter.
The Lynx led 53-42 at halftime after Moore sank a 3-pointer from the right side in the final seconds to finish with 15 points in the first half. The 53 points were the most allowed in the first half this season by the Sparks.