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Published August 19 2012

Moore scores 22 as Lynx pull away from Tulsa

MINNEAPOLIS – Maya Moore scored 22 points and the Minnesota Lynx pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Tulsa Shock 83-59 and clinch a playoff spot at the earliest point in franchise history.

Lindsay Whalen had 15 points and Seimone Augustus 14 for Minnesota (17-4), which won its fourth straight. The defending champion Lynx didn’t clinch a postseason berth until their 26th game last season.

Whalen also had four assists to pass Katie Smith for the franchise lead with 498.

Glory Johnson led Tulsa (3-17) with 17 points. The Shock have lost four straight.

Tulsa 23 16 13 7 – 59

Minnesota 24 18 16 25 – 83

TULSA (59): Hodges 2-7 0-0 5, Lacy 2-8 1-2 6, G.Johnson 8-11 1-2 17, Williams 1-7 0-0 2, T.Johnson 4-8 0-2 9, Dorrell 1-5 0-0 3, Latta 3-11 1-2 9, Black 1-4 0-0 2, Holt 2-4 1-1 5, Paris 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 24-68 5-11 59.

MINNESOTA (83): Moore 7-13 4-6 22, Brunson 3-6 2-4 8, McWilliams-Franklin 4-7 0-0 8, Augustus 6-8 0-0 14, Whalen 5-10 5-6 15, Wiggins 1-3 4-4 7, Wright 0-7 0-0 0, Harris 3-5 0-0 7, Peters 1-1 0-0 2, Thorn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-60 15-20 83. 3-Point Goals – Tulsa 6-25 (Latta 2-6, T.Johnson 1-2, Dorrell 1-3, Lacy 1-5, Hodges 1-5, Paris 0-1, Williams 0-3), Minnesota 8-15 (Moore 4-8, Augustus 2-3, Harris 1-1, Wiggins 1-3). Fouled Out – None. Rebounds – Tulsa 37 (G.Johnson 12), Minnesota 48 (Moore 10). Assists – Tulsa 16 (T.Johnson 6), Minnesota 20 (Moore 6). Total Fouls – Tulsa 19, Minnesota 14. Technicals – Thorn, Minnesota Bench. A – 10,223 (9,181).