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Recap: Bench powers Lynx to 89-73 win over Liberty

Thanks to Stephanie Talbot’s and Danielle Robinson’s 30 combined points off the bench, the Minnesota Lynx outlasted the New York Liberty on Tuesday night to get back above .500.

Minnesota Lynx v New York Liberty
Stephanie Talbot (right) had her best offensive performance since July 2 in the Minnesota Lynx’s win over the New York Liberty on Tuesday, August 13.
Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images

With three dominating quarters and some historically strong play off the bench, the Minnesota Lynx took down the New York Liberty 89-73 on Tuesday evening. It was the Lynx’s third win in their past four games and the Liberty’s sixth straight loss.

The game began as a back-and-forth affair, with neither team leading by more than four points until the end of the first quarter. Minnesota led by six after 10 minutes, but New York came storming back to cut the halftime deficit to just two points.

From then on out it was all Lynx, as they outscored the Liberty 47-33 to close out the game.

Odyssey Sims led Minnesota with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, along with a game-high 6 assists. Napheesa Collier joined Sims in double figures among starters with 14 points, but the bench duo of Stephanie Talbot’s 16 points and Danielle Robinson’s 14 points stole the show.

Rebecca Allen shone for the Liberty with a career-high 28 points, including 20 of the team’s 26 second-quarter points. Allen’s 11-for-15 shooting performance was also a career-best, and her six made three-pointers tied her previous high.

Kia Nurse added 11 points for New York, while Bria Hartley had 10. Tina Charles was held to 7 points, one off her season low.

There was no shortage of team offense, as every player who saw time scored. Both teams’ benches also outscored their starters, with the Lynx bench’s 47-point output its best since 2012. Allen’s game-high scoring performance was the determining factor in that area for the Liberty, whose bench scored 10 points otherwise.

Tuesday’s other action

The Las Vegas Aces overcame a halftime deficit to beat the Atlanta Dream 94-90. Dearica Hamby led the Aces with 23 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, Kayla McBride added 21 points and Liz Cambage had 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Dream were led by Jessica Breland’s 18 points and 9 rebounds and Marie Gülich’s first career double-double with a career-high 15 points and 12 rebounds. This was the Dream’s tenth straight loss.

Up next

  • The Lynx host the Washington Mystics on Friday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m. ET (WNBA League Pass).
  • The Liberty head to Dallas to face the Wings on Friday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network).
  • The Aces meet the Chicago Sky on Sunday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. ET (NBA TV).
  • The Dream take on the Phoenix Mercury on Friday, Aug. 16, at 10 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network).