Lynx 62

(7-1, 4-1 away)

Storm 65

(3-6, 2-1 home)

    10:00 PM ET, June 6, 2014

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 18 22 11 1162
    SEA 17 15 12 2165

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: L. Whalen 11 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl

    Seattle: C. Langhorne 13 Pts, 8 Reb

    Lynx-Storm Preview


    While Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx have picked up where they left off last season, Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm are off to a disappointing start to 2014.

    The defending champion Lynx go after their 15th straight victory -- including the postseason -- as they face the host Storm for the first time since their 2013 Western Conference semifinal series.

    Minnesota has won its first seven games after sweeping through the playoffs last year en route to its second title in three seasons. The Lynx won 16 in a row between their 2011 title run and a 10-0 start the following season.

    Coming off WNBA Finals MVP honors last year, Moore has sparked the current run by averaging 27.6 points and 8.9 rebounds this season. She's shooting better than 50 percent from the field and nearly 90 percent from the free-throw line.

    "I'm just trying to be aggressive," Moore said. "My teammates -- especially the post players -- have been doing a good job of getting me screens early on in transition in the offense and the ball's been feeling good."

    The All-Star forward finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals Sunday, while Seimone Augustus added 25 points to help the Lynx begin a stretch of six road games in seven contests with an 87-79 win at San Antonio.

    Moore also set a league record by scoring 30 or more in each of her first four games, but she's scored that many once during a seven-game winning streak against Seattle.

    That run includes last year's two-game sweep in the West playoffs and a Game 3 win in a 2-1 series victory in the 2012 conference semis.

    The Lynx lead the WNBA with 87.1 points per game and rank second in field-goal percentage (48.7) and 3-point shooting (40.0). Seattle is the lowest-scoring club in the league at 66.5 points per game, and it's shooting 39.9 percent.

    The Storm recovered from a 1-7 start to reach the postseason two years ago. They'll have to pull off a similar turnaround to make the playoffs this year after dropping to 2-6 with Tuesday's 87-72 loss at Phoenix.

    Crystal Langhorne, who's been a rare bright spot, finished with a season-high 27 points and eight rebounds. She's averaged 23.7 points and 71.7 percent shooting in her last three games.

    Sue Bird, however, continues to struggle following knee surgery that cost her the entire 2013 season. She had five points while missing nine of 10 shots Tuesday, leaving her at 6 for 33 from the field over her last three games.

    "She's not shot it well this year but she will," coach Brian Agler said. "You have to remember people put a lot of focus on her."

    Seattle, 1-1 at home, is playing 10 of its first 13 games on the road.