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Lynx force decisive Game 5 with 80-69 win over Sparks

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Posted: Oct 01, 2017 9:59 PM CDTUpdated: Oct 01, 2017 9:59 PM CDT

By JILL PAINTER LOPEZ
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sylvia Fowles scored 22 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 80-69 on Sunday night to force a decisive Game 5 in the WNBA Finals.

Maya Moore and the Lynx will try for their fourth championship in seven years on Wednesday night at home. The Sparks won Game 5 at Minnesota last season to take the crown.

Candace Parker and the Sparks are hoping to become the league's first repeat champion since Los Angeles in 2002.

For the second consecutive year, the Lynx found themselves down 2-1 on the Sparks' court. And just like last season, Minnesota pushed the series to a winner-take-all game.

Facing an end to their season, the Lynx were aggressive from the start, grabbing a lot of loose balls and dominating the glass. They trailed 10-8 before scoring 11 straight points in the first quarter. Minnesota led the rest of the way.

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