MINNEAPOLIS -- No matter the difficulties, the turnovers. No matter the temporary lapses of reason that Lynx offense showed Tuesday night at Target Center. No matter what, Maya Moore was not going to let Minnesota lose.
And so she scored. And scored, and scored. Moore scored a franchise-record 48 points, including four in the second overtime, as the Lynx outlasted a very game Atlanta Dream team 112-108 in two OTs.
Moore's 48 points eclipsed Katie Smith's franchise record of 46 set in 2001. It is the second-highest total in WNBA history.
And the Lynx (18-6) needed each and every one of them.
Not to mention the 26 points and nine assists provided by Lindsay Whalen. And the 17 points and 12 rebounds by Rebekkah Brunson, making her first appearance this season following pre-season knee surgery.
Whalen scored with 1:23 left to make it 109-106. After Angel McCoughtry missed a three-pointer, Tan White hit a jumper at the shot clock buzzer with 38.4 seconds left to seal the win, the fifth straight for the Lynx, who are now a league-best 11-1 at home.
Sancho Lyttle had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Dream. Tuiffany Hayes had 22 points, McCoughtry had 21 and rookie Shone Shimmel had 17 off the bench.
In the end Moore's heroics were enough to make up for the Lynx's 23 turnovers and a stretch of offensive difficulties that allowed the Dream to rally from a 14-point deficit mid-way through the fourth quarter.
The Lynx rallied from a six-point deficit early in the first overtime. Moore hit a three. Wright scored. Then Whalen scored and it was tied at 96. With 1:07 left Whalen hit two free throws, only to have Erika de Souza score at the other end to tie it with 52 seconds left.
Both teams missed shots. Then, coming out of an overtime, with 24 seconds left, the Lynx in-bounded the ball, then let the clock tick down. Whalen drove and attempted a pass, but it turned out to be a turnover, the 21st for the Lynx on the evening, with 4.1 seconds left.
McCoughtry missed a three-pointer at the end of the first overtime, forcing a second.
And in that overtime the Lynx never trailed. Thanks to Brunson, whose three-point play to start it set the tone. And to Moore, who scored five points in the final 5 minutes. And to White, whose late jumped sealed the deal.
All of that was enough to make up for the turnovers and for the lack of bench points
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