LOS ANGELES (AP) — Simon Augustus scored 21 points, Maya Moore added 20 and the Minnesota Lynx held off the Los Angeles Sparks 80-79 on Sunday, advancing to the WNBA finals to defend their title.
Alana Beard missed a 16-footer at the final buzzer for the Sparks as Candace Parker pulled her jersey over her face in anguish.
Lindsay Whalen added 17 points for the Lynx, who trailed by 10 points early in the fourth and came in with a 4-21 record in Los Angeles.
The Lynx, who swept the series 2-0, await the Eastern champion, either Connecticut or Indiana.
Parker had 33 points and 15 rebounds, Kristi Toliver added 16 points and Beard 15.