LOS ANGELES - Candace Parker scored 24 points, Nneka Ogwumike added 21, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 92-75 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five WNBA Finals.
The Sparks could win their first league championship since 2002 with a victory in Game 4 on Sunday.
They built a 22-point advantage in the opening quarter when the Sparks shot 60 percent in the game played at Galen Center on the Southern California campus, down the street from their home court at Staples Center.
Rebekkah Brunson and Sylvia Fowles led Minnesota with 14 points each. Lindsay Whalen added 11, and Maya Moore had nine points and seven rebounds. The Lynx had 13 turnovers.
With their former and current league MVPs leading the way, the Sparks dominated inside. Parker and Ogwumike helped Los Angeles to a 52-32 advantage in the paint.
Parker and Ogwumike had nine rebounds each, helping the Sparks to a 29-24 edge on the boards.
Essence Carson added 16 points, and Beard finished with 15.