Final

Sparks 77

(19-9, 7-8 away)

Lynx 88

(22-4, 14-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, September 4, 2012

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    LA 20 17 18 2277
    MIN 24 17 25 2288

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: A. Beard 17 Pts, 1 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Minnesota: M. Moore 23 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 7 Stl, 1 Blk

    Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus guide Lynx to 9th straight win

    Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus scored 23 points apiece to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 88-77 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.

    Minnesota scored 29 points off 20 turnovers, an effort led by Moore. The second-year forward matched a franchise record with five first-half steals and finished with a career-high seven. She also grabbed nine rebounds and kept several more possessions alive with hustle plays.

    "She was like Catwoman," Augustus said. "She was here, she was there; she did an awesome job. Seven steals -- that was amazing."

    Augustus, meanwhile, set a career high with six 3-pointers. Her third of the night earned the 2006 No. 1 overall pick the top spot on the Lynx career scoring list, surpassing Katie Smith's 3,605 points with 4:11 left in the second quarter.

    "We needed them," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said of the 3s. "Her ability to shake a defender is just really impressive. I don't think the Timberwolves would mind having her."

    Lindsay Whalen added 12 points and Candice Wiggins had 10 for the first-place Lynx, who extended their lead in the Western Conference to three games over the Sparks. With eight games remaining, Minnesota needs only four more victories to clinch the No. 1 seed in the West regardless of what Los Angeles (19-9) and San Antonio (17-9) do the rest of the way.

    The Lynx (22-4) won their ninth consecutive game and tied a franchise record with their 14th home win of the season.

    Alana Beard scored 17 points and Jenna O'Hea added 15 for the Sparks, who matched a season high with their third straight loss.

    Sparks leading scorer Candace Parker was shut out in the first half and finished with just six points, while second-leading scorer Kristi Toliver managed only five. The two entered the game with a combined average of 36.1 points.

    "They did a great job of making us do things we didn't want to do," Beard said. "But at the same time we did a lot of things that were in our control in terms of turnovers and forced shots."

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Los Angeles Minnesota
    Points 77 88
    FG Made-Attempted 30-62 (48.387) 32-76 (42.105)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-14 (.357) 9-23 (.391)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-16 (75.000) 15-16 (93.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-36 13-33
    Assists 21 22
    Turnovers 18 13
    Steals 8 11
    Blocks 4 1
    Fast Break Points 11 21
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 19 (0/0)