After opening the season with a record 10 wins, subpar shooting, including in the final seconds, sank Minnesota.
SEATTLE - Forget about that undefeated season for the Lynx. Or the WNBA record for a winning streak.
Sue Bird scored 21 points and Tanisha Wright added 12 points and eight assists as the Seattle Storm defeated the Lynx 65-62 on Sunday night, handing the defending league champions their first loss of the season.
Tina Thompson added 10 points for the Storm (3-7), including two clinching free throws with 1 second remaining. Thompson also grabbed two key rebounds in the final 5 seconds, including an offensive board with 1.9 to go after Bird missed two free throws.
"We felt like there were so many missed opportunities ... giving up an offensive rebound on a free throw," Maya Moore said after scoring 14 points for the Lynx. "I mean, there were so many things in the entire game that could've changed things."
Seimone Augustus added 12 points for the Lynx (10-1). But the Lynx shot only 37.5 percent from the floor and also missed five free throws in 16 attempts.
Point guard Lindsay Whalen, who scored 29 points in Friday night's blowout victory at Phoenix, was held to eight points on 4-for-9 shooting.
The Lynx trailed by 17 in the second quarter and were down 52-37 with 3:52 to play in the third. But they held Seattle without a field goal for nearly six minutes in the fourth quarter, pulling within 63-62 on Moore's two free throws with 65 seconds to go.
Augustus missed on a 16-foot baseline shot with 4.4 seconds left and Thompson grabbed the rebound. Bird, a 93 percent free-throw shooter this season entering the game, was fouled with 3.7 seconds left and missed both free throws -- but Thompson was there again.
"I just tapped it a little bit trying to get it to myself," Thompson said. "It's one of those things. Although I was trying to get it, a little luck of it bouncing my way helped, too."
With Friday's victory, the Lynx had set the WNBA record for the longest unbeaten start to a season at 10-0. Going back to the 2011 regular season, they had won 13 games in a row, five short of tying the league record.
The loss also ended their 10-game road winning streak, two short of tying the WNBA record.
|San Diego||27||FINAL 0:00|
|Washington||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|San Francisco||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Seattle||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Houston||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|New England||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|NY Jets||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|Arizona||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|New Orleans||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Green Bay||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/15/13 7:30 PM|
|Baltimore||12/16/13 7:40 PM|
|Houston||59||3rd Qtr 4:52|
|Coll of Charleston||68|
|Army||12/14/13 2:00 PM|
|SE Missouri St||72|
|(17) Iowa State||83|