Sparks 82, Lynx 75
Jun. 04, 2000
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Lisa Leslie had 21 points and 11 rebounds and the Los Angeles Sparks overcame another big game by Katie Smith to beat the Minnesota Lynx 82-75 on Saturday night.
Smith tied a franchise mark for the second time in three games with six 3-pointers and finished with 33 points, one under the club record 34 she scored in Minnesota's opener last week.
Smith's last 3-pointer pulled Minnesota (1-2) to 74-71, and the Sparks (2-0) countered with consecutive 3s of their own, by Mwadi Mabika and Ukari Figgs, and the Lynx never recovered.
Tamika Dixon added 13 points for Los Angeles and Figgs had 11.
Smith got hot midway through the second half, scoring eight straight points, capping the burst with a 3-pointer that gave the Lynx their first lead of the night at 49-47.
Another 3-pointer by Smith tied it at 62 right after Leslie took her first breather in the closing minutes. But Clarisse Machanguana had a bucket and two free throws and the Sparks led 68-62 by the time Leslie returned for the final 4:24.
Leslie's three-point play with four minutes left made it 71-63.
Betty Lennox, one of three rookies in Minnesota's starting lineup, scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds.
Minnesota, which shot a frosty 33 percent in the first half, didn't sink a basket until 5 1/2 minutes into the game. They fell behind by as many as 12, but they scored nine spanning halftime to make a game of it at 37-34.