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Published September 21 2012

Moore scores 21 points to lead Lynx past Mercury

PHOENIX – Maya Moore scored 13 of her 21 points in the first half as the Minnesota Lynx cruised to an 89-66 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night.

Seimone Augustus added 16 points and four assists for Minnesota (27-6). The Lynx, who have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, open the playoffs at home against Seattle next Friday.

Minnesota 24 27 24 14 – 89

Phoenix 22 12 19 13 – 66

MINNESOTA (89): Moore 8-12 3-3 21, Peters 3-8 2-2 8, Brunson 1-3 2-2 4, Augustus 6-15 2-2 16, Whalen 6-9 1-2 13, Wright 1-6 0-0 2, Wiggins 1-8 2-2 5, Adair 1-5 1-4 3, Thorn 6-10 0-0 17. Totals 33-76 13-17 89.

PHOENIX (66): Bonner 6-18 4-4 17, Dupree 4-9 0-0 8, Thomas 1-3 2-4 4, Hornbuckle 3-9 0-0 6, Prahalis 6-15 2-3 14, Sanford 1-3 2-2 4, Houston 1-7 3-4 6, Kizer 3-5 0-0 7. Totals 25-69 13-17 66. 3-Point Goals – Minnesota 10-22 (Thorn 5-8, Augustus 2-3, Moore 2-4, Wiggins 1-7), Phoenix 3-15 (Kizer 1-1, Houston 1-4, Bonner 1-5, Prahalis 0-2, Hornbuckle 0-3). Fouled Out – None. Rebounds – Minnesota 53 (Peters 9), Phoenix 42 (Thomas 11). Assists – Minnesota 24 (Peters 6), Phoenix 13 (Prahalis 8). Total Fouls – Minnesota 15, Phoenix 22. A – 7,217 (9,510).