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Lynx Win to Force Game Three vs. Phoenix

Updated: 08/31/2014 8:44 PM
Created: 08/31/2014 5:03 PM KSTP.com

Maya Moore scored 13 of her 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Lynx avoided elimination by beating the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.

Diana Taurasi scored 23 for the Mercury, who will host Game 3 on Tuesday night. The Lynx are three-time defending Western Conference champions.

Tied at 75 with 23.3 seconds left, Seimone Augustus hit a 15-foot jumper and was fouled by DeWanna Bonner. Augustus, who finished with 23 points, converted the three-point play, and after Candice Dupree missed a 15-footer on the other end, Moore hit two free throws to put it out of reach for Minnesota.

The Lynx went on a 13-0 run early in the fourth quarter to take their first lead since they scored the first point of the game. Augustus scored off a feed from Moore to put Minnesota on top 66-65 with 6:19 to play.

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Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus, right, falls to the floor in celebration with teammate Lindsay Whalen, left, after tying up the score during the second half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Phoenix Mercury.
Photo: AP/Stacy Bengs

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