Sparks Edge Lynx 76-75
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lisa Leslie put in her own rebound with less than a second left Tuesday night to give the Los Angeles Sparks a 76-75 win over the Minnesota Lynx.
Tamecka Dixon intercepted Svetlana Abrosimova’s inbound pass to seal the Sparks’ seventh straight victory. Leslie had 19 points, Dixon 16, Nikki Teasley 14 points and 10 assists and DeLisha Milton 12 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles (7-0).
After trailing for most of the second half, the Lynx tied it at 73 on Abrosimova’s 3-point play with 53.9 seconds to go. Leslie made the first of two free throws with 25.9 seconds remaining, putting Los Angeles ahead 74-73, but she missed the second. Minnesota’s Sheri Sam pulled down the rebound and the Lynx called time out.
Katie Smith made two free throws with 12.5 seconds left to give Minnesota (3-3) a 75-74 lead, setting up Leslie’s game-winner.
Abrosimova scored 20 and Smith had 18 for the Lynx, who have lost their last 14 games against the Sparks.
Trailing 34-32 at halftime, the Sparks opened the second half with a 9-3 run. Los Angeles later went on an 8-2 run, taking a 57-51 lead with 8:31 left.
The Sparks then led by at least four and as many as nine until the Lynx’ 7-2 run pulled them within three, 69-66, with 2:18 remaining.
Smith’s first-half 3-point basket was the 300th of her WNBA career, making her the first player in league history to reach that milestone.