Seattle 68, Minnesota 65
Storm Stand Pat Down Stretch Versus Lynx
SEATTLE, Aug. 8 (Ticker) -- Lauren Jackson and the Seattle Storm gave the Minnesota Lynx something to think about.
Jackson collected 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Storm extended their team-record home winning streak to eight games with a 68-65 victory.
Seattle avoided a season sweep at the hands of Minnesota, a potential postseason opponent which won the first three matchups. The Lynx were the last visiting team to win at KeyArena, posting a 77-72 triumph on June 14.
Jackson recorded her sixth straight double-double, bolstering her credentials for MVP honors. The 6-5 Australian is averaging 23.2 points and 12.7 rebounds during that span.
A running layup by Jackson gave Seattle its largest lead at 59-54 with 4:44 remaining. The Lynx pulled within two points on five different occasions, the final time on Kristi Harrower's layup with four seconds.
Rita Williams converted a free throw one second later and Minnesota was unable to get off a tying shot.
Sue Bird scored 14 points and Kamila Vodichkova added seven for Seattle, which shot 47 percent (29-of-62). The Storm moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Lynx for third place in the Western Conference.
Katie Smith scored 20 points and Janell Burse added 14 for Minnesota, which fell into a fourth-place tie with Sacramento. The Lynx visit the Monarchs on Saturday.