Lynx Open Play-Offs With Win Over Los Angeles
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore scored a career playoff-high 33 points to help the top-seeded Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 67-65 Friday night in the opener of their Western Conference semifinals series.
Seimone Augustus, back after missing the last eight games of the regular season due to a foot injury, added 17 points for the Lynx.
Candace Parker had 16 points and nine rebounds and Nneka Ogwumike added 14 points for Los Angeles.
The Sparks used a 9-0 run to pull to 61-60 on Jantel Lavender's layup with about 5 minutes to go. However, Moore's fast-break basket gave Minnesota a three-point lead with just over a minute to play.
Los Angeles had a chance to tie in the closing seconds, but Parker missed a shot under the basket as time expired.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Sunday at Long Beach State due to the Emmy Awards happening near Staples Center.