Adams Helps Silver Stars Beat Lynx, 99-84
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Danielle Adams scored 28 points and the San Antonio Silver Stars closed the regular season with a 99-84 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.
Tangela Smith added 15 points, Danielle Robinson 14 and Shameka Christon 13 for playoff-bound San Antonio (21-13).
Seimone Augustus had 18 points, Monica Wright 16 and Lindsay Whalen 14 for defending champion Minnesota (27-7). The Lynx, who have the league’s best record, missed an opportunity to match the best regular-season record in WNBA history.
The Silver Stars set a season high for points in a game despite playing without Becky Hammon and Sophia Young, who did not suit up to rest for the playoffs.
San Antonio scored a season-high 60 points in the first half, shooting 53 percent from the field (20 of 38) and had only one turnover.
Smith’s 3-pointer gave San Antonio a 73-50 lead with 6 minutes left, its largest lead of the game. Smith’s second 3 gave San Antonio a 78-56 lead with 4 minutes left.
Wright’s layup cut San Antonio’s lead to 88-77, the closest Minnesota had been since trailing 48-37 with 4 minutes left in the first half.
Shenise Johnson hit consecutive 3s to extend the Silver Stars’ lead to 94-77 with 5 minutes left.
The Silver Stars’ Sept. 29 playoff game against the Los Angeles Sparks will be played at the Freeman Coliseum because of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ concert at the AT&T Center.
Minnesota will face Seattle in the first round.
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