Lynx force winner-take-all Game 3 against Sun - ESPN
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The No. 6 seed Minnesota Lynx forced a winner-take-all Game 3 in their first-round series against the No. 3 Connecticut Sun with an 82-75 victory Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Forward Napheesa Collier (26 points) and guard Kayla McBride (28 points) spearheaded the effort, becoming the first pair of Lynx teammates to score at least 25 points apiece in a playoff game; both marks were also career playoff highs.
The Sun cut the Lynx's 16-point lead to three late in the fourth, but Minnesota warded them off down the stretch to stave off elimination.
«We've been in adverse situations all season and we've responded,» McBride said. «Today was just another example of that.»
After an 0-6 start in their first season without a member of their 2010s dynasty, the Lynx have an opportunity to win their first playoff series since 2017, when they won their most recent WNBA title. The franchise hadn't won a game in a playoff series since then.
«From 0-6 to 40 minutes from the semifinals,» head coach Cheryl Reeve said. «What more could you ask for?»
Game 3 will be played Wednesday in Minnesota — the best-of-three first-round series is a 2-1 format with the higher seed hosting the first two games and the lower seed hosting Game 3 if necessary — at a time to be announced.
After a lackluster performance in Game 1 (14 points), Collier rebounded with a 26-point, 13-rebound double-double despite dealing with back pain that caused her to temporarily leave for the locker room. She described the issue as a «pinched nerve or an SI joint, I think it was… nothing that's going to hurt you long term, but it sucks in the moment.»
«I want to leave it all out there on the court and do whatever I can for my team,» said Collier, an MVP