SEATTLE – Rebekkah Brunson had 22 points and 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double in four games, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the defending champion Seattle Storm 81-74 Thursday night.
Seimone Augustus added 17 points and rookie Maya Moore had 14 to help Minnesota (3-1) snap an eight-game skid in Seattle. Lindsay Whalen also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists.
The Lynx snapped Seattle’s 18-game regular-season home winning streak. The Storm were 17-0 at home last year and won their opener on Saturday.
Sue Bird scored 24 points and Swin Cash had 18 to lead Seattle (1-1). Three-time MVP Lauren Jackson was held to nine points.
Minnesota scored the first 22 points of the game, holding the Storm scoreless until Jackson’s turnaround jumper with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter.
Bird scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to help cut a 30-point, second-half deficit to six with 29 seconds left. The Lynx then made six free throws to seal the win.
Minnesota, which led 50-24 at halftime, last won in Seattle 86-81 in overtime on June 15, 2005.
Brunson had 11 points and eight rebounds in the first quarter, shooting 5 for 6 from the field. The Lynx were 13 of 20 and led 28-8 after 10 minutes.