The Lynx are trying to win their fourth consecutive Western Conference regular-season title:
W L GB L10
Phoenix 26 4 — 9-1
Lynx 24 7 2½ 9-1
Games left: Lynx 3 (2 home, 1 away), Phoenix 4 (1 home, 3 away)
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