San Antonio sank six three-pointers among 35 first-quarter points, then held off the league leaders.
SAN ANTONIO - The Lynx's three-game winning streak came to an end Sunday in San Antonio, where Becky Hammon scored 23 points and Sophia Young added 22 for the Silver Stars in a 93-84 victory.
San Antonio (7-5) never trailed, extended its home winning streak to five and won its fifth in six games overall. The Silver Stars have not trailed in their past three victories.
Reserve Monica Wright led the Lynx with 18 points. Lindsay Whalen added 15.
"When we play them, it's kind of a playoff atmosphere," Silver Stars reserve Jia Perkins said. "We knew today it was going to be a game full of runs. We wanted to hit them in the mouth and we knew they were going to hit us right back. We just needed to stay the course."
The Silver Stars made six of seven shots from three-point range and took a 35-22 lead after the first quarter.
"We come out with a lot of energy, and obviously that's to our advantage," San Antonio forward Shameka Christon said."
Wright rallied the Lynx, hitting a fadeaway jumper to pull them to 42-36 midway through the second. She hit three jumpers over shorter defenders as the Lynx used their size advantage to outscore San Antonio 21-12 in the second.
Minnesota outrebounded the Stars 12-6 in the quarter, blocked two shots and attempted eight free throws compared to one for San Antonio.
But San Antonio rebuilt a double-digit lead by hitting its first three three-point attempts in the third. Christon's second three-pointer of the opening minutes gave San Antonio a 56-45 lead.
Hammon's three-pointer gave San Antonio a 77-66 advantage and led Maya Moore to pound the scorer's table as she waited to sub in.
Moore had an immediate impact upon entering. She ran down a long rebound and hit a driving layup to pull the Lynx within 77-68 and then stole a pass while providing weak-side help and fed a streaking Whalen for a layup to cut the deficit to 78-75.
San Antonio responded with a 13-2 run.
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|Pittsburgh - W. Rodriguez|
|Detroit - M. Scherzer||6:05 PM|
|Cleveland - C. Kluber|
|NY Yankees - P. Hughes||6:05 PM|
|Baltimore - M. Gonzalez|
|Tampa Bay - A. Cobb||6:07 PM|
|Toronto - R. Ortiz|
|Cincinnati - M. Leake||6:10 PM|
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|Philadelphia - T. Cloyd||6:10 PM|
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|Minnesota - M. Pelfrey||6:10 PM|
|Atlanta - T. Hudson|
|Oakland - D. Straily||7:05 PM|
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|Los Angeles - Z. Greinke||7:10 PM|
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|Chicago WSox - J. Quintana|
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|Houston - B. Norris|
|Arizona - I. Kennedy||7:40 PM|
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|St. Louis - A. Wainwright||9:10 PM|
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