LOS ANGELES – The script was Hollywood worthy, but it was a supporting cast member who stole the show as the Lynx extended its mark to a league record 13-0 with a 72-69 victory over the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Sparks.
The Tuesday matinée was a clash of the two best teams in the league and some of the biggest stars in Lynx Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Candace Parker for the Sparks. But it was Renee Montgomery who became the talk of Tensile Town with her late 3-pointer to put the Lynx ahead in the tightly contested game.
The game was in L.A., so of course there was drama. With the Lynx up by three following the Montgomery bucket Parker was at the free-throw line and intentionally missed with the rebound being kicked out to the Sparks’ Kristi Toliver who sank what appeared to be a game-tying 3-pointer but Toliver’s foot was on the line making it a two and time had run out, nullifying the basket altogether.
While the game was exciting from the tip, the game’s marquee players didn’t quite live up to billing with Moore, Augustus and Whalen combining for 27 points and Parker scored just nine. Prior to the game all four were named to the WNBA’s 20@20 honoring the 20 best players in the 20 year history of the league.
The two teams do battle again this Friday night at the Target Center. Tipoff is 7 p.m.