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Brunson leads Lynx past Storm

Sun., Sept. 8, 2013, midnight

SEATTLE – Rebekkah Brunson scored 19 points to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 75-60 on Saturday night, clinching at least a tie for the Western Conference title.

Seimone Augustus had 14 points and Maya Moore added 11 to lead the Lynx (24-7) to their sixth straight win.

Minnesota can secure its third straight conference title outright with its next win or loss by second-place Los Angeles. The Lynx play the Storm here again Tuesday night and then visit Los Angeles on Thursday.

Tanisha Wright scored 17 of her 22 points in the first half for Seattle (15-16). Shekinna Stricklen added 12 points.

The Storm, who are assured of a postseason spot, can catch Phoenix for the No. 3 seed, but now trail the Mercury by two games with three left.

The Lynx used a 10-0 run in the first quarter to turn two-point deficit to a 19-11 lead. They extended the advantage to 34-16 in the second quarter.


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