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Lynx Vs. Sparks: Minnesota Drops Second Straight Game In 96-90 Loss

It was never very likely that the Minnesota Lynx (13-3) were going to keep the form that helped them start out the season 12-0 going forever, but the last two games have been a bit of a sour wake up call for the defending WNBA champs. The Lynx headed out to California to play the LA Sparks (11-6) on Thursday night and were taken down by LA 96-90, the Lynx's second straight loss.

Similar to the Lynx's first loss of the year against Seattle, it was a case of falling too far behind and then coming back at the end to make the scoreline look a bit better. The Lynx were able to put together 33 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't nearly enough as they only scored 14 in the third. LA kept their offense steady with Kristi Toliver scoring 29 points and Candice Parker putting in 28 to keep the lead out of doubt even as the Lynx raced back late.

Minnesota was led by Seimone Augustus' 18 points as they couldn't muster a 20 point performance from anyone.

The Sparks are now 7-1 at home after the win, while the Lynx fell to 5-3 on the road.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.