INDIANAPOLIS – The Lynx on Tuesday turned in a half-game of the best defensive results they have shown on the road in years.
Then they turned in nearly a half-game of the worst defensive results anybody has produced this WNBA season.
Except for those four minutes.
The Lynx blew a 22-point lead — it was 20 at halftime — then pulled off a 78-74 victory over Indiana by holding the Fever scoreless for four of the final six minutes of the game.
the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run, making it 60-60.
The Lynx gave up much of their 20-point halftime lead in the third quarter and gave back the rest when the Fever began
The Fever scored 24 of the second half’s first 30 points. This after the Lynx held Indiana to 23 first-half points, the fewest by a Lynx road opponent since they led 39-21 at New York on Aug. 27, 2013.
Kelsey Mitchell’s three-pointer gave the Fever a 63-61 lead with 6:07 left, Indiana’s first lead since 5-4.
After that, it wasn’t scoring that settled matters. It was the Fever not scoring. The Lynx held the Fever scoreless for 4 minutes, 9 seconds, until Mitchell made an inside basket with 1:58 left. By that time the Lynx led 71-65.
Despite the gap, Indiana scored 51 second-half points, tied for the second most in the WNBA this season behind the Fever’s own 59 second-half points against Phoenix on June 9.
Guard Odyssey Sims led the Lynx in scoring with 25 points and secured the victory with two free throws with 29.1 seconds left. Sims also had seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
Napheesa Collier added 16 points, and Sylvia Fowles had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Lynx.
Mitchell scored 17 points and Erica Wheeler 13 for Indiana, which would have set a team record for largest comeback with a victory.
Indiana was coming off a three-game road swing, ending with travel woes returning home that concluded with an eight-hour bus trip.
The Lynx (6-5) won their second game in a row, after defeating New York at Target Center on Saturday. The run of success came after a four-game losing streak that had dropped the team under .500.
Indiana (5-7) was playing at home after going 1-2 on a road trip, including a 65-61 loss at Seattle on Sunday. The Fever started the season 3-1 but has lost five of its past seven games.