Bench play was key in Game 2 for the Lynx, Dream look to rebound from series deficit
- Game 1: Minnesota 88, Atlanta 74
- Game 2: Minnesota 101, Atlanta 95
- Game 3: Friday, Oct, 7, 8 p.m. ET, Atlanta, ESPN2/ESPN3.com
Thursday was a travel day for the Minnesota Lynx and the Atlanta Dream as the two teams made their way from the â€œLand of 10000 Lakesâ€ to the â€œPeachtree state.â€ Even though the Dream have home court advantage, they host the Lynx with a two-game deficit in the best-of-five series for game three.
The first two games were second half turnarounds for the Minnesota with game two boiling down to a fourth quarter rally fueled by Seimone Augustus and with a huge boost from the Lynxâ€™s bench. The teams were pretty evenly matched in points in the paint and rebounds. Minnesota had a 50 percent field goal percentage to Atlantaâ€™s 44.7.
With rookie star Maya Moore in foul trouble for most of the game and copious fouls committed by both teams, a whopping 56 combined, the Lynx needed their reserves in order to come out on top.
The Lynxâ€™s bench outscored the Dream bench 25-18. Both teams had four reserves contributing minutes. For Minnesota, Alexis Hornbuckle and Charde Houston did not play. Atlantaâ€™s Sandora Irvin saw no action while Shalee Lehning is out of action due to a torn ACL.
Iziana Castro Marques scored the bulk of the points for Atlantaâ€™s reserves. Minnesota got a scoring boost from Jessica Adair (13 points) and Monica Wright (six points).
Bench play by the numbers:
|min||fgm-a||3pm-a||ftm-a||+/-||off rebounds||def rebounds||total||ast||pf||st||to||bs||ba||pts|
|I. Castro Marques||24:36||5-10||3-5||1-6||+10||0||1||1||0||4||0||1||0||0||14|
|S. Irvin||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|S. Lehning||DND – Torn ACL|
|min||fgm-a||3pm-a||ftm-a||+/-||off rebounds||def rebounds||tot||ast||pf||st||to||bs||ba||pts|
|A. Hornbuckle||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|C. Houston||DNP – Coach’s Decision|