The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Indiana Fever 78-74 on Tuesday night in a game that wasn’t exactly as close as the final score indicated.
For Minnesota, Odyssey Sims scored 25 points while rookie Napheesa Collier added 16 more. The Lynx effectively stopped the Fever in the first half, outscoring them 43-23. During the first half, Indiana only shot 25.7 percent from the field and committed 9 turnovers. Minnesota shot 46.7 percent overall as Sims and Collier made easy work of the Fever.
Nice cut @PHEEsespieces ✂️ pic.twitter.com/GcuN1l0myh— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) June 25, 2019
1️⃣3️⃣ already for ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/D6GKZP6Leg— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) June 25, 2019
The Fever, however, wouldn’t go down without a fight. They came back from a 22-point deficit in the third quarter and had a brief 63-61 lead with 6:07 left in the fourth quarter when Kelsey Mitchell made a three-point shot. Mitchell scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half.
#Fever take the LEAD!@Kelz_Hoop coming up big for 3⃣! pic.twitter.com/5B4DYOce6X— Indiana Fever (@IndianaFever) June 26, 2019
However, Minnesota countered with a 10-0 run of their own, which effectively put Indiana away.
For the Lynx, this win showed resiliency, in particular when the Fever made their strong comeback. But for the Fever, this loss wasn’t totally in vain. Most teams in that situation would have just packed it in and waited for the next game. Instead, the Fever clawed back and almost came away with their character win of the 2019 season so far.
Next up for the Lynx
The Lynx will travel to Dallas to play the Wings on Sunday, June 30 at 4 p.m. ET.
Next up for the Fever
The Fever will travel to Phoenix and play the Mercury on Friday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET.