MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rebekkah Brunson had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen also scored 19 points each to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 92-83 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Friday night.
Seimone Augustus had 18 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 14 as all five starters scored in double figures and accounted for all but three points for the Lynx (21-4). Minnesota won its eighth straight and beat Tulsa for the 11th straight time.
Riquna Williams scored 21 points and Ivory Latta had 19 to lead the Shock (6-20), who had won two straight. Roneeka Hodges added 12 points and Courtney Paris had 10.
Trailing 56-48 at halftime, the Lynx opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run, going ahead on Augustus’ 3-pointer with 6:38 remaining.
The score changed leads three times and was tied twice as Augustus’ 3 put the Lynx ahead for good, at 66-65 with about 3 minutes later. Minnesota closed the third with nine consecutive points — including two 3’s by Moore — to take a 77-67 lead heading to the final period. That was part of a 15-0 run that put the Lynx up 16 with about 8 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Shock got no closer than nine again.
Williams scored 17 points in the first half to help Tulsa take its eight-point lead at the break. The Shock’s reserves — the league’s top-scoring backups — outscored their Lynx counterparts 31-0 in the first 20 minutes.
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