Mercury 65 Lynx 72 Minnesota Wins Series (2-0)
The Minnesota Lynx remember the pain of losing the WNBA Finals last year and made it a priority to be back in the Finals in 2013. Tonight they were one win away from that dream and made it a reality with a solid performance this evening. The referees made their presence heard in the first quarter with a lot of whistles and fouls called. Most of the fouls were off the ball and questionable calls, but the two squads played on. The Mercury went up 17-11 with a 6-2 run, yet the Lynx answered with a 6-0 run of their own to tie the game up. Phoenix led 21-19 after ten minutes of play and the Lynx woke up in the second frame. Minnesota went on a 11-0 run to start the quarter and went up by seven points. The Mercury fought their way back and the Lynx responded with another run. Minnesota used a 9-0 run, while Phoenix scored the final six points of the first half to cut the Lynx lead to three at halftime. There were less whistles in the second half and Minnesota started to pull away in the third with a 7-0 run. This gave the Lynx a seven-point lead, which they would not relinquish. Maya Moore led the way for Minnesota in the fourth quarter. She piled up ten points and warded off a late Mercury comeback to help the Lynx clinch a spot in the WNBA Finals. It will be their third consecutive Finals appearance.
-Final Thoughts- Maya Moore had a very good night. She put up 27 points and was lucky with a few bank shots. Seimone Augustus added 22 points and five rebounds. Rebekkah Brunson hit the glass hard tonight with fourteen rebounds and four points. Diana Taurasi had an off night for the Mercury. She went 6 for 21 from the floor with seven free throws to put up 21 points. Candice Dupree had one of her best games with seventeen points and seven rebounds. The Lynx won all seven meetings with the Mercury in 2013. Minnesota will face the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA Finals. The Dream defeated the Indiana Fever today to clinch the Eastern Conference Title. The two teams will have to wait an entire week before playing on Sunday night at 7:30 at the Target Center. Game 2 will be in Minneapolis too, but Game 3 will be played in Duluth, Georgia.