Sparks stun Lynx to take Game 1

What a game!

All those lead changes and ties, and no lead going over five points. What more could you ask for in Finals Game 1?

If you’re Minnesota, a win:

A buzzer-beater by Alana Beard brought down the Lynx in Game 1.

Watch the shot.

Behind the shot.

Beard underrated? Not a good idea.

I was reminded right after Beard made her shot of the buzzer-beater that she missed on Oct. 7, 2012 – the last game of the Western Conference Finals between LA and Minnesota. Four years and two days later, the opposite scenario.

It was the first game-winner of the former Duke star’s career.

Nneka Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver each had 19 points for the Sparks, while Candace Parker and Chelsea Gray added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Box score.

Game photos.

More:

WNBA legend players predict this year’s Finals will be a classic.

Lynx forward Maya Moore, who was scoreless in today’s first half, vows to be better in Game 2.

The Lynx are paying tribute to the late Prince with purple playoff sneakers.

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