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Lynx 107, Shock 86

Candice Wiggins scored 25 points, Maya Moore had 24 and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Tulsa Shock 107-86 on Tuesday.

Seimone Augustus added 17 points, Lindsay Whalen had 14 and Taj McWilliams-Franklin 12 for the Lynx (13-4), who finished with a season-high scoring total.

Moore, playing power forward for the first time in place of the injured Rebekkah Brunson, shot 8 for 12 from the field and 6 for 6 from the free-throw line.

"Maya was tremendous playing the 4 position for the first time," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. "She was really poised and made plays for us."

The Lynx shot a WNBA-record 69.5 percent from the field (41 of 59), topping the previous mark of 65.4 percent by Los Angeles on June 15, 2005.

"Minnesota is really good," Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "The second half we tried to get up, really fight them and they hit some difficult shots. It is tough when teams are making tough shots like that. That type of percentage is going to be difficult to overcome for anybody."

Wiggins also shot 8 for 12, including 6 for 9 on 3-pointers.

The Lynx led by five at halftime and stretched the advantage to 10 midway through the third quarter. However, Tulsa pulled within one in the opening minute of the fourth before Wiggins scored eight points during Minnesota's 18-2 run to pull away for good.

"They shot the ball very well," Tulsa's Ivory Latta said. "They really executed their offense down the stretch. We had some "fall aparts' in our defense, which we can't let happen on a team like that. We've got to get ready and regroup."

Latta scored 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting, including 5 for 8 on 3s, to lead the Shock (3-13). Kayla Pedersen added 12 points and Glory Johnson had 11.

Sparks 90, Mercury 71

Candace Parker had 22 points and 14 rebounds to Los Angeles over Phoenix, the Sparks' fourth straight win.

Kristi Tolliver added 19 points and six assists and Nneka Ogwumike had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles (14-6). Parker also had four assists and three blocks. The Sparks trail defending champion Minnesota by one game in the Western Conference.

DeWanna Bonner and rookie Sammy Prahalis both had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead the Mercury (4-14). Alexis Gray-Lawson added 13 points and Krystal Thomas scored 11.

Both teams were playing their third games in four days but Los Angeles won all three while the Mercury lost all three. Phoenix, playing again without injured stars Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree, has lost five straight and seven of nine.'

Phoenix has been without Taurasi (strained hip flexor) since May 31st, and has lost 12 of 15 in her absence. Dupree, the team's second-leading scorer through the first nine games, missed her second straight contest and has played just nine minutes since June 17.

Fever 84, Liberty 82

Tamika Catchings scored 23 points, including the winning free throws with 8.4 seconds left, to give Indiana a victory over New York.

Katie Douglas scored 20 points and Shavonte Zellous added 12 as the Fever (10-6) squandered a 12-point lead and trailed by four in the final minutes before rallying.

"We did a good job holding our composure down the stretch," Catchings said. "When you look at it there are things that you're happy about and things you aren't happy about. Just continuing our quest to be a good team. We made some great defensive stops."

Indiana finished 53 percent from the field, including 9 for 18 on 3-pointers.

Cappie Pondexter scored a season-high 33 points and Essence Carson added 14 for the Liberty (6-11), who have lost two straight and six of nine.

"Felt like we could have won the game," Pondexter said. "We had a chance. It seems like we battle this team back and forth, playoffs, regular season, for the past three years ever since I've been in New York."

The Liberty were playing their seventh straight game without second-leading scorer and rebounder Plenette Pierson (strained left knee).


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