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Lynx top Sparks to lay claim to best of the West


MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) - Seimone Augustus poured in 23 points and Maya Moore added 20 as the Minnesota Lynx cruised to an 83-74 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday.


Rebekkah Brunson scored 11 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Janel McCarville finished with 12 for the Lynx, who improved to a WNBA-best 23-7.

Candace Parker poured in a game-high 25 points and Kristi Toliver added 14 points for the Sparks, who sit 2 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Parker drained a short jumper with 31 seconds left to cap a 17-6 swing to pull LA within 77-72. Parker was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw, and the Sparks were forced to foul Moore, who knocked down a pair from the charity stripe. Toliver bricked a trey on the ensuing possession, and Moore knocked down two more free throws to make it a nine-point game.

Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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