Brunson Has Double-Double Again As Lynx Beat Storm
SEATTLE (AP) — Rebekkah Brunson had 22 points and 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double in four games, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the defending champion Seattle Storm 81-74 Thursday night.
Seimone Augustus added 17 points and rookie Maya Moore had 14 to help Minnesota (3-1) snap an eight-game skid in Seattle. Lindsay Whalen also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists.
The Lynx snapped Seattle’s 18-game regular season home winning streak. The Storm were 17-0 at home last year and won their opener on Saturday.
Sue Bird scored 24 points and Swin Cash had 18 to lead Seattle (1-1). Three-time MVP Lauren Jackson was held to nine points.
Minnesota scored the first 22 points of the game, holding the Storm scoreless until Jackson’s turnaround jumper with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter.
Bird scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to help cut a 30-point, second-half deficit to six with 29 seconds left. The Lynx then made six free throws to seal the win.
Minnesota, which led 50-24 at halftime, last won in Seattle 86-81 in overtime on June 15, 2005.
Brunson had 11 points and eight rebounds in the first quarter, shooting 5 for 6 from the field. The Lynx were 13 of 20 and led 28-8 after 10 minutes.
Brunson had a driving layup and a jumper to give Minnesota a 50-22 lead, its biggest advantage of the first half, with 39 seconds remaining.
Brunson had 18 points, McWilliams-Franklin nine and Moore eight as the Lynx practically scored at will in the first half with a mix of jump shots and layups, including several fastbreak baskets as they beat the Storm down the court. Whalen had eight assists.
Jackson and Bird were each 1 of 6 from the field in the first half as the Storm shot 28.1 percent.
Augustus made a jumper and Moore had a driving layup to increase Minnesota’s lead to 54-24 with 8:18 left in the third quarter.
Seattle didn’t make back-to-back baskets until Bird followed with two jumpers.
The Storm finally made a run in the fourth quarter. Bird hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 74-67 with 41.5 seconds remaining. Jackson then made a 4-footer to make it 75-69 with 29 seconds to go before the Lynx secured the win at the free-throw line.