Augustus leads Lynx to playoff victory

MINNEAPOLIS — Seimone Augustus had 22 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 85-67 on Tuesday night for the first playoff series victory in franchise history.

Rebekkah Brunson added 15 points and nine rebounds and Maya Moore had 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Lynx, who advance to play the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference finals. Game 1 is Thursday in Minnesota.

Sophia Young scored 17 points for the Silver Stars on 7-of-8 shooting. San Antonio turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 24 Lynx points, and was outrebounded 36-21.

Becky Hammon added 15 points and five assists, but she was the only other Stars player in double figures.

The Lynx, who own home-court advantage throughout the playoffs after dominating the league during a 27-7 regular season, finally gave the tortured sports fans of Minnesota something to cheer about. The Vikings and Timberwolves were last-place teams and the Twins have the worst record in the American League.

So the fans are starting to rally around the Lynx, who finished six games better than any other team in the WNBA.

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