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Associated Press, Published September 04 2013

Lynx beat Sparks in matchup of West’s top 2 teams

MINNEAPOLIS – Siemone Augustus scored 23 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a physical 83-74 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the WNBA’s Western Conference.

Maya Moore added 20 points for the Lynx, who pulled away in the second half to increase their lead over the Sparks in the standings to 2½ games.

Candace Parker scored a game-high 25 points for Los Angeles, which lost its second straight.

Trailing by as many as 16 in the second half, the Sparks put together a 13-3 run to pull to 74-68 with a minute remaining. But Augustus hit a long-range jumper and Moore – the conference’s player of the month for August – drained four free throws to end the rally.

Los Angeles 18 15 15 26– 74

Minnesota 18 27 17 21– 83

LOS ANGELES (74): Beard 5-9 0-0 10, Ogwumike 5-10 1-2 11, Parker 9-20 7-11 25, Toliver 6-13 0-0 14, Harding 1-7 0-0 2, Coleman 1-2 2-2 5, Lavender 1-2 0-0 2, O’Hea 2-4 0-0 5, Hoffman 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 30-71 10-15 74.

MINNESOTA (83): M.Moore 6-11 6-6 20, Brunson 4-9 3-6 11, McCarville 4-7 3-4 12, Augustus 10-18 2-2 23, Whalen 4-11 1-2 9, Peters 3-4 0-0 6, Wright 1-3 0-2 2, Jarry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-63 15-22 83.

3-Point Goals: Los Angeles 4-9 (Toliver 2-3, Coleman 1-2, O’Hea 1-2, Hoffman 0-1, Parker 0-1), Minnesota 4-7 (M.Moore 2-4, McCarville 1-1, Augustus 1-2). Rebounds: Los Angeles 40 (Parker 8), Minnesota 44 (Brunson 11). Assists: Los Angeles 13 (Ogwumike 4), Minnesota 26 (Whalen 14). Total Fouls: Los Angeles 19, Minnesota 19. Technicals: Ogwumike, McCarville, Minnesota defensive three second. A: 9,314 (9,181).