The Lynx improved their record to a WNBA best 22-4following their 88-77 win over Los AngelesTuesday night at Target Center. Siemone Augustusscored a game-high 23 points and in the process became the all-time leadingscorer in franchise history. Maya Moore scored 23 points as well and added ninerebounds and a team record seven steals in the win.
"I was trying to stay focused. But it was amazing, just to share thismoment with the fans. They've been great throughout my career," said Augustus. "They'vebeen very supportive. As far as I'm concerned, this is my second home. This isa place that has embraced me. I'm proud to be able to continue to make themproud of me."
The match-up was dubbed as a playoff preview between two top teams in theWestern Conference. Mooreput up her best game since returning from the Olympic break nearing a tripledouble.
"From the start, we wanted to get out and be aggressive as a team. One ofthe ways the Sparks hurt teams so much is intheir transition," said Moore."They score a lot of points that way. I just wanted to disrupt that and try toget in passing lanes and pressure the ballhandler a little bit. I took somechances and was able to get some steals."
The Lynx fell to the Sparksin July as part of a three game losing streak. It was a bit of a revenge gamefor a team that is tested and with eight games left in the regular season,ready for a run at a second championship.
"You always have things in your mind ofadjustments you can make, which ones you're going to use and which ones you'regoing to save and that sort of thing," said head coach Cheryl Reeve. "But whenyou really get down to it, winning your home game, you do what you've got todo. You don't hold anything back if that means that that something, whatever itis, can put you over the top -- you've got to use it."
The Lynx have only two remaining home games of their last eight games. Theyhost Atlanta ina Finals rematch from last season Friday night at 7PM.