Three of the past four Lynx home games in the WNBA Finals have ended in heartbreak, including Sunday's 85-84 loss after a fadeaway jumper by Chelsea Gray with 2 seconds left.
Each time the Sparks followed a Maya Moore basket with the winning shot.
Game 1, 2016: After Moore’s coast-to-coast layup with 24 seconds left tied the score, Alana Beard hit a 21-foot baseline jumper in front of her own bench as time expired. Sparks 78, Lynx 76 at Target Center.
Game 5, 2016: After Moore’s jumper with 15 seconds left put the Lynx ahead by one, Nneka Ogwumike grabbed the rebound off her blocked shot and scored with 3.1 seconds left. Sparks 77, Lynx 76 at Target Center.
Game 1, 2017: After Moore’s fast-break layup with 6 seconds left off a pass from Lindsay Whalen put the Lynx ahead by one, Chelsea Gray made a pull-up jumper with 2 seconds left. Spark 85, Lynx 84 at Williams Arena.
The Lynx return to the Barn on Tuesday for Game 2 at 7 p.m., before moving the best-of-five series to Los Angeles.