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Sparks struggle offensively late to lose to Lynx

Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike shoots over Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier and forward/guard Aerial Powers.
Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike shoots over Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier (24) and forward/guard Aerial Powers (3) in the third quarter on Thursday in Minneapolis.
(Andy Clayton-King / Associated Press)

Kayla McBride scored 17 points, Sylvia Fowles had 15 points and 17 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the L.A. Sparks 66-57 on Thursday night.

Minnesota closed on a 17-4 run, highlighted by a long 3-poiner by Aerial Powers with 3:11 left for a five-point lead.

Los Angeles was held to four points in the fourth quarter, going 1 for 13 from the field. Nneka Ogwumike and Erica Wheeler combined to score all of Los Angeles’ 16 second-half points.

Powers finished with 13 points for Minnesota (17-9). Fowles was 7 of 10 from the field, but the Lynx shot just 34.5%.

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Ogwumike had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four steals for Los Angeles (10-18). Wheeler also scored 16 points and she had seven assists. Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver did not play.


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