Cleveland 79, Minnesota 71
Rockers Snap Road Skid
MINNEAPOLIS, July 5 (Ticker) -- Deanna Jackson tied a team record with 30 points as the Cleveland Rockers ended a five-game road losing streak with a 79-71 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.
Jackson tied a career high with four 3-pointers and equaled career bests for field goals made and attempted.
Melvin and LaToya Thomas each had six rebounds for the Rockers.
Cleveland led throughout and built a 16-point cushion early in the second half. The Lynx got within 68-63 with 1:44 left on a layup by Tamika Williams, but Helen Darling hit 3-of-4 free throws in a nine-second stretch to help the Rockers pull away.
Katie Smith, who fouled out with 38 seconds remaining, scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half to lead Minnesota. She was 5-of-6 from the field and hit all 10 free-throw attempts.
Both teams shot well from the field, with Cleveland hitting 28-of-55 (51 percent) and Minnesota making 24-of-48 (50 percent).