If the Lynx were ever going to lose, this was the game. On the road. At one of 4 teams to beat the Lynx this year. Seimone Augustus is out with a foot injury.
But, no. The Lynx dominated the 2nd quarter 25-11 to take a 47-29 half-time lead and never looked back. OK, San Antone got within 59-50 after 3. But with Sophia Young (20 points) the only Silver Star in double figures, they couldn't keep it going and the Lynx pulled away in the 4th for an 81-62 final. A shockingly easy win, again, with Seimone on the sidelines.
Maya Moore again led the way with 18 points and 12 boards, though Rebekah Brunson was right there, too, with 15 and 12. Lindsay Whalen and Monica Wright, starting in place of Augustus, each scored 11. Minnesota shot 55 percent, San Antone 36. Our bench, even with Wright starting, out-scored the Stars' 22-15.
With wins at L.A. and now San Antone, the Lynx are 5 up in the division and 3 up overall for home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Even with 5 of 6 remaining games on the road, the Lynx seem likely to hold on to that advantage, and that would seem to double the likelihood of a repeat WNBA title. Well, if L.A. and San Antone can't play the Lynx any tougher than they have recently, even the home court might not matter.