It was as if the way the Lynx played in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s victory over Tulsa had wiped away a weeks’ worth of losses and frustration. The Lynx enter the playoffs Thursday with a little bit of swagger restored to their collective step. Here are some observations from tonight’s 80-63 victory at Target Center, which made the Lynx (25-9) the first WNBA team in history to have four straight seasons with 25 or more victories:

--I think Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen needs the two days of rest the Lynx are getting before getting back to practice Tuesday. Whalen played hard and was a key part of the fourth-quarter surge tonight. She finished with six points and nine assists. But she looked a bit tired while shooting 2-for-14.

--Seimone Augustus showed no signs her knee was hurting while scoring 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Afterward she said she was surprised her left knee hurt so little. The Lynx need her in the playoffs.

--Maya Moore became the only player in the league to score in double figures in every game this season with her 19-point, 12-rebound performance.

--It as a nice game for the Lynx bench tonight. Tan White scored eight with five assists. Monica Wright scored seven and Devereaux Peters had six points and six rebounds. The Lynx bench scored a total of 25 points.

--The Lynx had 24 assists on 30 field goals made.

--For the Lynx to vie for another title, I think Rebekkah Brunson will have to take it to another level. Before the game coach Cheryl Reeve said Brunson – who only played in the final 11 regular season games after pre-season knee surgery – was going through a stretch of tired legs players often get in training camp. I believe she’ll get closer to her regular form by Thursday.

That’s about it for now. Have a great rest of your weekend.

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