The team's new court was a perfect backdrop for Maya Moore to burn Seattle with three-pointers.
Sitting in the stands behind the Lynx bench Sunday were Robert and Petrina Moore, Maya Moore's grandparents. The sweet-looking couple from Chicago was attending their second Lynx game this season.
"I love having them there and seeing them smile, and they love every minute of it," Moore said. "Except for when [games] are close, my grandmother closes her eyes. She can't watch.
"So we try to make sure they are not too close."
Moore's grandma didn't have to shut her eyes at all Sunday. Maya scored a game-high 19 points as the Lynx routed Seattle 84-71 at Target Center before an announced crowd of 7,832.
The Lynx led by as many as 19 points in the first half, 20 in the second. Reserves got a lot of minutes.
Moore was especially effective behind the arc, making a season-high five three-pointers. She missed only twice from long range, and one of those errant shots was halfway down.
"I just shot [the three-pointers] with confidence," Moore said. "My teammates set some great screens for me. Had some great assists from Lindsay Whalen [who had eight total]. I just tried to not think about it too much and just shoot them."
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said she knew from pregame warm-ups that Moore would have a hot hand.
"Everything carries over," said Moore, asked about her coach's comments. "Even if you are not shooting well, you still want to think it is going in. Preparation is very important. Yes, Reeve wasn't making it up."
Seattle, in contrast, shot horribly, especially at the start. At one point early in the second quarter, the Storm was shooting 13.6 percent from the field (3-for-22) until Camille Little scored on a short jumper. Her basket was the Storm's first inside the paint and made the score 25-11 Lynx.
The Storm, ineffective underneath, wound up tying the franchise record for three-pointers made (14) and set a record for threes attempted (34).
The victory was the Lynx's 10th in a row, dating to the 2011 playoffs.
Monica Wright with 11 points and Seimone Augustus and rookie Devereaux Peters with 10 apiece joined Moore in double figures. Ann Wauters, a 6-4 veteran center from Belgium, led Seattle with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Lynx are 18-1 at home in their past 19 games. Three of those victories have come on the new court at Target Center.
"[The new court] is helping me shoot threes, actually," Moore said, quickly adding, "I am just joking. It is brighter. We have some blue on the baseline and the championship trophy on the floor. It is a constant reminder of where we want to go again. Fans love it, I think.
"And it is still our home court. We want to make sure we protect it. ... We want to make sure when people come into the Target Center, that they come out thinking, 'What are we going to do with them next time?' "
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