Shavonte Zellous scored a career-high 30 points to help the Indiana Fever beat the Minnesota Lynx 76-59 and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five WNBA Finals.
INDIANAPOLIS — Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve drew national attention with her screaming, jacket-tossing meltdown during Game 2 of the best-of-five WNBA Finals.
The Indiana Fever silenced her in Game 3. Shavonte Zellous scored a career-high 30 points to help the Fever beat the Lynx 76-59 Friday night.
“You know, I was fired up for this game,” Zellous said. “That Game 2 left a bad taste in our mouth. You know, we could have done a better job in a lot of different things, and I think today, we made a conscious effort to do things better.”
Tamika Catchings added 17 points and Erlana Larkins had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Fever, which took a 2-1 lead in the series and can win its first title at home Sunday against the defending champions.
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Reeve was fined after her actions in Game 2, which Indiana coach Lin Dunn — a former Storm coach — called “disrespectful.”
Indiana’s play did the talking Friday. The Fever’s lead of 70-33 with 1:58 left in the third quarter was the largest by a team in WNBA Finals history. The extent of the blowout left Reeve seated with her hand on her chin for much of the second half.
Rebekkah Brunson, who scored 12 points, was the lone Minnesota player to reach double figures.
“I think Indiana played the way Indiana always plays,” Reeve said. “They defend. You defend, you have a chance to win a championship. That’s it.”
Maya Moore was held to eight points in Game 3 and Seimone Augustus, who scored 27 points in Game 2, had six on 3-for-9 shooting Friday.
Indiana did it all without its second-leading scorer, guard Katie Douglas. She has been sidelined with a severely sprained left ankle.