Maya Moore scored 31 points and Minnesota’s defense held Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker in check to help the Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 85-79 on Sunday night and force a decisive fifth game in the WNBA Finals.
Lindsay Whalen added 13 points, Seimone Augustus had 12 and Sylvia Fowles had 10 points and 13 rebounds in tying the series 2-2 and sending it back to Minneapolis, where the Lynx will try to win their record-tying fourth championship on Thursday.
Ogwumike, the league MVP, scored 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting, while two-time MVP Parker shot 4 of 14 for 14 points for the Sparks, who were trying to close out their first title since 2002 in front of their fans at Staples Center.
Chelsea Gray led the Sparks with 20 points off the bench. She was 6 of 11 and made all four of her free throws.