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Lynx 89, Shock 74
Maya Moore looked ready for the Olympics.
She made sure she left the Minnesota Lynx in good shape, too.
Moore scored a franchise-record 19 points in just the second quarter, leading the Lynx out of an early funk and onto a victory over the Tulsa Shock on Thursday, their last game before the five-week Olympic break.
"Teams are going to compete and fight as hard as they can. If we continue to push and push, hopefully we'll wear them out and break them down, and that's what we tried to do," Moore said.
One of the Lynx's three Team USA members, Moore matched her career high with 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. The second-year star shot 8-for-12 from the floor and 11-for-12 from the free-throw line. Seimone Augustus and Monica Wright each added 14 points.
"They're so deep. With Maya, she's the X factor, because she moves around so well," Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said, adding: "She's just a complete player. To me, that's the difference, what gives them that edge."
Rookie Glory Johnson led the league-worst Shock with 30 points and 14 rebounds, both season highs for any Tulsa player.
"One thing that we struggled on was our defense. It was kind of a lot of confusion out there on the floor," Johnson said.
Moore had a lot to do with that. The Lynx finished the first half on a 25-7 spurt, with 17 points by Moore. She broke the Lynx mark for scoring in one period set previously by Candice Wiggins (2012) and Augustus (2006) with 17 points. Moore also set career highs in free throws made and attempted.
"She was just tremendous in that stretch where she scored 10 straight," coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Moore, Augustus and Lindsay Whalen, the three Olympians, combined for 53 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists. Playing the power forward spot, her natural position, while Rebekkah Brunson is out with a strained left calf muscle, Moore again showed off those skills that made her the first overall pick in last year's draft.
In helping the WNBA-leading Lynx (15-4) stop a three-game losing streak with two wins this week against the Shock (3-15), Moore totaled 52 points over her first consecutive 20-point performances as a pro.
Sparks 77, Fever 74
Rookie forward Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points and 20 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Indiana Fever.
Ogwumike finished with 12 offensive rebounds, tying a WNBA record. Los Angeles outrebounded Indiana 47-31 and grabbed 23 offensive boards.
Candace Parker and Kristi Toliver each scored 19 points for the Sparks (15-6), who won their fifth straight in the final game for both teams before the Olympic break.
Indiana (10-7) had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Tamika Catchings missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Catchings scored 27 points and Briann January added 11 for the Fever.