Getting more from Moore
The Lynx got contributions from all five starters to win Sunday’s Game 4 of the WNBA Finals. But many of the biggest came from Maya Moore, who made pivotal plays in all four quarters.
First quarter: Moore leads the Lynx with six points and six rebounds, helping them to a 22-20 lead.
Second quarter: After the Sparks take a 24-22 lead, Moore makes layups on the next two possessions. That starts a 9-0 Lynx run, and they never trail again.
Third quarter: Moore powers a 6-0 run when she dishes to Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles for layups, then steals the ball from Essence Carson and scores on a fast break for a 52-42 lead. In the final 1:43, the Sparks twice make three-pointers to cut the margin to a single point; both times, Moore answers with three-pointers. She scores the Lynx’s last eight points of the quarter, after which they led 65-59.
Fourth quarter: After the Sparks cut the lead to 65-63, Moore scores on a fast break. She makes a costly mistake when she loses the ball and Candace Parker scores, tying it at 69. But Moore scores six of the Lynx’s final 12 points and stops the Sparks’ last rally, with four free throws and a steal in the final 7.6 seconds.