Los Angeles, CA — Maya Moore and the defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx, were not about to let the Sparks easily get away with their first title since 2002 in Game 4. No way, not without a fight. And definitely not when the chance for the Lynx to win their fourth championship AT HOME was on the table.
So Moore did what Moore does and led her team in crucial times to an 85-79 victory on Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The series is now tied up at 2-2, meaning the winner of Game 5 takes home the trophy. And it just so happens to be at the Target Center in Minneapolis, where the Lynx went 15-2 during the regular season.
But back to Moore’s clutch performance tonight. Compared to her uncharacteristic numbers in Game 3 where she scored only nine points – the first time she’s been held to less than 18 points in the postseason - Moore was incredible, hungry, and tough. She led the Lynx in the must win game with 31 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.
Her energy was tremendous, she didn’t look tired the entire game. Defensively, she started and finished the game with drive. She shot more free throws in Game 4 than in Games 1-3 combined, and hit 11-of-12 of them, as she propelled her team to a Game 5.
Basically … she was hungry. She was ready to lead, ready to win, and ready to head home and give WNBA fans a must-watch, do-or-die finals game.
The title is on the line Thursday at 8pm E.T on ESPN 2. You won’t want to miss it!