Maya Moore scored 25 points to lead all scorers, and helped the Minnesota Lynx grind out an 83-77 win over the Indiana Fever to get the home team on a two-game winning streak. Moore also scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, and five points in the last two minutes of the game to help seal the deal.
In addition to Moore, Seimone Augustus added 16 points despite a nagging knee injury, and Lindsay Whalen scored 16 of her own. Janel McCarville also score 10 more.
This game however, wasn't exactly a pretty win for the Lynx. For the entire game, Minnesota shot 57.4%, while Indy shot 37.1%. That usually spells a solid win, often by double digits. However, in the second quarter, Minnesota gave up eight turnovers, which ultimately turned into 17 of the Fever's 26 points. To put things in perspective, the Lynx scored 16 total points in the second. The Lynx ended up with 19 turnovers for the game.
At the end of the first half, Indiana was leading 41-35, and also made six three pointers, three by Karima Christmas. Christmas led all scorers at the end of the half with 13 points (and finished with 18 for the night). But despite the fact that they were leading, the Fever's field goal percentage was still nowhere near the Lynx's, and from hindsight, we saw that they did ultimately win the game.
For the Fever, four players scored in double figures: Shavonte Zellous (16), Briann January (16), Maggie Lucas (13), and the aforementioned Christmas.
The Fever now heads back home and will start a three-game homes tand against the Tulsa Shock this Wednesday. The Lynx will travel to Seattle this Friday to play the first game of a home-and-home with the Storm. The second game will be at Target Center next Sunday.