Lynx down Sparks to stay alive in WNBA Finals

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Oct 17 2016 01:54 PM

Maya Moore #23 of the Minnesota Lynx shoots the ball against the Los Angeles Sparks during Game Four of the 2016 WNBA Finals on October 16, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Andrew D. Bernstein, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP.

LOS ANGELES -- Maya Moore poured in 31 points to lift the Minnesota Lynx to an 85-79 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday that pushed the WNBA Finals to a decisive fifth game.

Moore drained two free throws with 4.1 seconds remaining to seal the victory, which denied the Sparks a chance to celebrate victory in the championship series on their home floor.

Game five will be played in Minneapolis on Thursday.

Moore was one of four players in double figures for the defending champion Lynx. Lindsay Whalen scored 13 points, Seimone Augustus added 12 and Sylvia Fowles chipped in 10 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.

Chelsea Gray came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points for Los Angeles.

With former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant courtside with his wife and two daughters, the Sparks battled back from a 10-point third-quarter deficit to narrow the gap to 56-57 late in the period.

After the Lynx rebuilt their lead, the Sparks again clawed back to knot the score at 69-69 with 6:01 left to play, but two layups by Whalen gave Minnesota a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

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