Lynx 92, Shock 83
Rebekkah Brunson had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen also scored 19 points each to lead Minnesota to a victory over Tulsa Friday night.
Seimone Augustus had 18 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 14 as all five starters scored in double figures and accounted for all but three points for the Lynx (21-4). Minnesota won its eighth straight and beat Tulsa for the 11th straight time.
Riquna Williams scored 21 points and Ivory Latta had 19 to lead the Shock (6-20), who had won two straight. Roneeka Hodges added 12 points and Courtney Paris had 10.
Trailing 56-48 at halftime, the Lynx opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run, going ahead on Augustus' 3-pointer with 6:38 remaining.
The score changed leads three times and was tied twice as Augustus' 3 put the Lynx ahead for good, at 66-65 with about 3 minutes later. Minnesota closed the third with nine consecutive points - including two 3's by Moore - to take a 77-67 lead heading to the final period. That was part of a 15-0 run that put the Lynx up 16 with about 8 ½ minutes remaining.
The Shock got no closer than nine again.
Williams scored 17 points in the first half to help Tulsa take its eight-point lead at the break. The Shock's reserves - the league's top-scoring backups - outscored their Lynx counterparts 31-0 in the first 20 minutes.
Mercury 75, Storm 68
DeWanna Bonner scored 24 points, Samantha Prahalis added 16 and Diana Taurasi had 13 to help Phoenix beat Seattle to end a 10-game losing streak.
Bonner, who had 11 rebounds, scored 13 points in the second half to help Phoenix (5-19) defeat the Storm for the first time in four games this season.
Camille Little had 11 points to lead Seattle (11-14) while Tanisha Wright added 10 points and eight rebounds. Reserve Tina Thompson had 10 points.
Lauren Jackson shot just 2 of 8 from the field and had six points for the Storm while Sue Bird was 3 of 9 from the field and finished with eight points and eight assists.
The Mercury broke from a 54-all tie by outscoring Seattle 13-2 to start the fourth quarter.
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