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Forum staff reports, Published September 10 2013

Lynx win, clinch top spot in Western Conference

SEATTLE – Maya Moore scored 20 points and Lindsay Whalen added 19 to help the Minnesota Lynx clinch their third consecutive Western Conference title with a 73-60 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night.

Monica Wright added 14 points for Minnesota (25-7), which won its seventh straight game.

The two teams will face each other again next week in the best-of-three first-round series since Seattle already had clinched the fourth and final seed.

Moore hit 7 of 10 shots from the field and Whalen 7 of 9. The Lynx pulled away from Seattle with a 23-14 run in the second quarter.

Minnesota 17 23 20 13 – 73

Seattle 14 14 12 20 – 60

MINNESOTA (73): M.Moore 7-10 4-4 20, Brunson 1-8 2-4 4, McCarville 2-6 0-0 4, Augustus 3-8 2-2 8, Whalen 7-9 5-6 19, M.Wright 4-7 5-5 14, Peters 1-4 0-0 2, L.Moore 0-2 0-0 0, Jarry 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 1-4 0-0 2, Rodgers 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-59 18-21 73.

SEATTLE (60): Quinn 2-8 2-3 7, Thompson 2-8 1-1 5, Little 3-7 3-4 9, Stricklen 2-9 0-0 4, T.Wright 5-11 4-4 14, Clark 3-3 0-0 9, Robinson 2-3 0-0 4, Hawkins 4-8 0-0 8, Tinkle 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-58 10-12 60.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 3-8 (M.Moore 2-3, M.Wright 1-3, Augustus 0-1, L.Moore 0-1), Seattle 4-15 (Clark 3-3, Quinn 1-3, Little 0-1, T.Wright 0-1, Thompson 0-2, Stricklen 0-2, Hawkins 0-3). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 41 (Brunson 8), Seattle 32 (Quinn 8). Assists: Minnesota 14 (Whalen 4), Seattle 15 (T.Wright 5). Total Fouls: Minnesota 13, Seattle 13. Technicals: McCarville. A: 5,486 (9,686).