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Associated Press, Published October 07 2012

Minnesota Lynx edge Sparks to reach WNBA finals

LOS ANGELES – Seimone Augustus scored 21 points, Maya Moore added 20 and the Minnesota Lynx held off the Los Angeles Sparks 80-79 on Sunday, advancing to the WNBA finals to defend their title.

Minnesota 25 15 17 23 – 80

Los Angeles 17 22 26 14 – 79

MINNESOTA (80): Moore 6-13 4-4 20, Brunson 3-9 0-0 6, McWilliams-Franklin 4-9 0-0 8, Augustus 8-12 3-3 21, Whalen 8-15 1-1 17, Wright 3-7 1-2 8, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Wiggins 0-1 0-0 0, Thorn 0-1 0-0 0, Peters 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-68 9-10 80.

LOS ANGELES (79): Ogwumike 5-9 1-2 11, Milton-Jones 1-4 1-2 4, Parker 14-22 2-2 33, Beard 7-21 1-2 15, Toliver 8-16 0-2 16, Anosike 0-1 0-0 0, O’Hea 0-1 0-0 0, Coleman 0-1 0-0 0, Lavender 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-75 5-10 79. 3-Point Goals - Minnesota 7-18 (Moore 4-9, Augustus 2-5, Wright 1-2, Thorn 0-1, Wiggins 0-1), Los Angeles 4-17 (Parker 3-6, Milton-Jones 1-2, O’Hea 0-1, Coleman 0-1, Toliver 0-3, Beard 0-4). Fouled Out - None. Rebounds - Minnesota 31 (Brunson 10), Los Angeles 51 (Parker 15). Assists - Minnesota 20 (Whalen, McWilliams-Franklin 5), Los Angeles 19 (Beard 7). Total Fouls - Minnesota 12, Los Angeles 12. A - 10,791 (12,947).