Minnesota 69, Seattle 58
Lynx Survive Storm Star's Career Game
MINNEAPOLIS, July 20 (Ticker) -- When Lauren Jackson finally cooled off, Katie Smith got hot.
Minnesota nearly blew a 16-point second-half lead but won for the fourth time in five games. Seattle lost All-Star guard Sue Bird to recurring knee soreness in the first three minutes and has dropped its last four visits to the Target Center.
With Bird on the sidelines, Jackson was a one-woman show. She made 9-of-13 shots and 11-of-12 free throws as she singlehandedly led a furious rally by the Storm.
The top overall pick in the 2001 draft scored 15 points in a 20-5 run that made it 59-58 with 3:55 remaining.
But Seattle did not score again, and Smith took over. The former scoring champion made a 3-pointer and runner to rebuild the lead to 64-58 with 2:27 to go. Michele Van Gorp sank a free throw before Smith hit three from the line, making it a 10-point game with 45 seconds to play.
Smith saw her streak of games with 20-plus points end at six. But she led four players in double figures for the Lynx, who shot 54 percent (23-of-42). Sheri Sam scored 16 points, Van Gorp added 13 and Tamika Williams 10.
Bird sat out most of the second half of Friday's win at Detroit with a balky knee that acted up very early in this one. Without her, the Storm managed a 34-33 halftime lead before the Lynx took control.
Van Gorp scored eight points in a 21-4 surge that opened the second half. A basket by Teresa Edwards gave the Lynx their largest lead at 54-38 with 10:36 left.