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Lynx rout New York again

  • Article by: Associated press
  • August 28, 2013 - 6:57 AM

– Lindsay Whalen scored 18 points while Maya Moore added 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Lynx routed the New York Liberty 73-47 on Tuesday night.

The 26-point margin was the second largest on the road in franchise history.

Minnesota (21-7) increased its lead to one games over Los Angeles for the top spot in the Western Conference; the Sparks beat Connecticut 91-78. The Lynx also lead Chicago by one game for the league’s best record.

New York (11-17) fell 1 ½ games behind Indiana for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Lynx took a 7-0 lead and New York, which missed its first 10 shots, never get closer than three thereafter.

Cappie Pondexter scored 13 points to lead New York.

The two teams met on Aug. 18 and the Lynx won by 31 points. Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer was upset after that game that Moore played late in the fourth quarter and said she should get hurt, which got fined him by the league.

There was no carryover Tuesday night. Laimbeer said he went out to dinner Monday night with Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, his assistant when the two were in Detroit. Reeve joked that she made Laimbeer buy.

With her team trailing 22-9 early in the second quarter, Pondexter scored seven points to cut the deficit to nine. But Minnesota scored 11 of the final 13 points of the half to take a 39-21 lead.

Minnesota increased its advantage to 20 in the third quarter before New York went on a run to cut the lead to 45-34 with 2:30 left. That’s as close as they would get as Minnesota scored the final six points of the quarter.

Moore, as she did in the last game against the Liberty, played into the fourth quarter. And even with her team up by 20 points, Moore made a spectacular diving save of a loose ball, jumping into press row.

She went to the bench with 5:07 left.

The Lynx shot 44.9 percent, paced by Whalen’s 9-for-11. Whalen is averaging a career-best 15 points

New York shot only 25 percent. Three starters went 3-for-18 and had just eight points. Even Pondexter, the team’s top scorer who missed the last Lynx game because of a bruised heel, struggled. She was 5-for-17.

This was the seventh game for the Lynx against an Eastern Conference opponent in 20 days. The Lynx went 4-3 against those teams.

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