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.
The Lynx made a run in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Sparks 11-2 to close to 81-71. Los Angeles answered with eight straight points to go up 89-71. Parker hit a layup and fed Ogwumike on a fast-break sandwiched around baskets by Alana Beard.
The Sparks dominated from the opening tip, with Parker and Ogwumike especially devastating in a 2 1/2-minute sequence. They combined to score 12 straight points with Ogwumike hitting consecutive 3-pointers and Los Angeles taking a 21-6 lead.
Minnesota is seeking its fourth title in six years. The Lynx evened the series with a 19-point victory in Game 2 on their home court.
League MVP Ogwumike was the only unanimous pick for the all-WNBA first team, receiving 39 first-place votes and 195 points from the media panel.
New York center Tina Charles was second with 38 first-team votes and 193 points. Guards Maya Moore of Minnesota and Sue Bird of Seattle, and forward Elena Delle Donne completed the first team.
Forwards Angel McCoughtry of Atlanta and Breanna Stewart of Seatte were selected to the second team along with guards Diana Taurasi of Phoenix and Jewell Loyd of Seattle, and center Fowles.
Lynx F-C Janel McCarville hurt her back and didn’t return.
Game 4 is Sunday night at Staples Center.