Lynx, Sparks go 2-0 up in WNBA semifinals
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 15, 2017 01:01 PM
Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) and Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles (34) celebrate after forcing a Washington Mystics timeout during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Minneapolis. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
Newly crowned MVP Sylvia Fowles scored 25 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 93-83 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals Thursday.
Fowles made 12 of 16 shots and the Lynx shot 51 percent from the floor to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Game 3 is Sunday in Washington, when the Lynx can close out the series.
Fowles was given the MVP trophy about two hours before tipoff, accepting it in a tearful press conference as she reflected on 10 years in the league. While some of her teammates had trouble finding the mark in the first half, Fowles powered her way to the basket over and over again to keep the Lynx in the game.
In the other game Thursday, Candace Parker had 24 points and 13 rebounds — showing no effects of an ankle injury — to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury 86-72, The Sparks lead 2-0 and can also clinch their semifinal on Sunday.
Parker injured her ankle in the warmups before the Sparks' Game 1 victory, but she still played in that game and returned to her usual form in Game 2.
The defending champion Sparks have won nine games in a row.
Nneka Ogwumike added 18 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles. Diana Taurasi led Phoenix with 19 points, and Brittney Griner had 16 points.