MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Maya Moore scored 32 points, Sylvia Fowles added 28 points and 17 rebounds, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 91-79 for their fifth straight win Tuesday night.
The Lynx (8-6) took the lead for good with an 11-0 run early in the first quarter and kept it in double digits after a 15-3 run early in the third. The Storm (10-5) had an 11-3 run to cut the deficit to 87-77 but were unable to get within single digits in the final minutes.
Breanna Stewart entered the game averaging a league-leading 21.9 points and finished with 27 for Seattle. She made 10 of 14 from the field, including all three of her 3-point attempts, and 4 of 5 from the foul line.
Natasha Howard, who was traded from the Lynx to the Storm in the offseason, received her 2017 WNBA Championship ring before the contest.
MYSTICS 92, SUN 80
WASHINGTON (AP) – Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points and the Mystics beat the Sun.
The Mystics (9-5) took the lead for good at 58-57 on LaToya Sanders’ layup in the middle of the third quarter. That sparked a 22-4 run that ended at 78-61 with Kristi Toliver’s pair of free throws early in the fourth.
The Sun (8-6) closed the deficit to 82-76 on Alex Bentley’s 21-foot jumper with 4:17 left. But Connecticut went scoreless for over three minutes and the game was out of reach in the final minute.
Sanders added 18 points, Toliver scored 14 and Ariel Atkins had 13 for the Mystics, who won their fourth straight and fifth in the last six.
Chiney Ogwumike had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Sun, who lost five of six.
MERCURY 83, LIBERTY 69
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Diana Taurasi scored 27 points, making her first seven 3-point attempts, and the Mercury snapped a two-game skid with a win over the Liberty.
Phoenix (11-5) scored the last seven points of the third quarter to lead 67-48. New York (4-9) closed within 11 in the middle of the quarter before the Mercury pulled away for good.
The Mercury opened the game with a 15-2 run and never trailed. The Liberty scored the first five points of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 44-42 after trailing by as many as 18 in the first half.
Phoenix made 14 of 23 from behind the arc with Taurasi finishing 7-for-11.
DeWanna Bonner added 18 points while Sancho Lyttle and Brittney Griner scored 12 apiece for the Mercury.
Tina Charles had 12 points to lead the Liberty, who lost their third straight.
SPARKS 87, WINGS 83
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chelsea Gray made a key jumper from the right elbow with 20.9 seconds left and the Sparks held on to beat the Wings.
Gray’s jumper made it 84-81 and the Sparks (11-3) made 3 of 4 free throws after a pair of defensive stops. Gray finished with 23 points and Candace Parker led the way with 29.
The Wings (6-7) beat Los Angeles 101-72 in Arlington on Friday night, snapping the Sparks’ five-game winning streak. Neither team led by double digits on Tuesday night.
Dallas opened the game with a 10-2 run and led most of the way. Los Angeles took control in the fourth quarter with a 15-3 run capped by Parker’s jumper at 75-71.
Nneka Ogwumike missed the game for Los Angeles with a back injury.
Liz Cambage had 25 points for the Wings and Kayla Thornton added a career-high 16 points.