LYNX POSTGAME NOTES
Thursday, July 5 at STAPLES Center
Sparks 96, Lynx 90
• With the win, Los Angeles improves to 11-6.
• With the loss, Minnesota drops to 13-3.
High Points High Rebounds
Augustus, 18 Brunson/McWilliams-Franklin, 9
Toliver, 29 Parker, 13
- Today’s loss snapped Minnesota’s five-game winning streak against the Los Angeles Sparks, dropping the Lynx to 13-3 this season (first in the Western Conference). The Lynx have now dropped three consecutive games away from Target Center, falling to 5-3 on the road this season just one season removed from winning a franchise-record 13 games on the road in 2011.
- Averaging 12.0 points per game in her last three games, Seimone Augustus was on fire in the first half today, scoring 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. She finished the night with a team-high 18 points, her highest total since scoring 26 against the Liberty on June 21. Augustus is averaging a team-best 16.6 points per game this season on 50.5% shooting.
- Rebekkah Brunson fell just one rebound shy of posting her third consecutive double-double, finishing the game with 11 points and nine rebounds (four offensive). Brunson is now averaging 10.0 rebounds (4.0 offensive) in her last six games.
- Minnesota grabbed 16 offensive rebounds tonight, including a team-high five from center Taj McWilliams-Franklin and four from Rebekkah Brunson. The offensive boards led to 26 second chance points for the Lynx, who entered the day averaging a league-best 15.1 second chance points per game.
- Kristi Toliver and Candace Parker combined for 57 points tonight, with both players converting on 8-of-13 attempts. The duo scored 30 of Los Angeles’ 43 first half points, converting on 12-of-17 field goals. Toliver finished the game a perfect 6-of-6 from three-point range, while Parker grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
- Trailing by as many as 20 in the second half, Minnesota outscored Los Angeles 33-21 in the fourth quarter to pull within four points in the finals minutes of the game, but couldn’t finish off the comeback. Minnesota’s second unit, led by Amber Harris, Candice Wiggins and Monica Wright each scored 7 points during the game’s final frame, while holding Los Angeles to just 3-of-13 shooting (14-of-14 from the free-throw line).