Minnesota 77, Sacramento 73
Katie is Clutch in Lynx Comeback
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 9 (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Lynx won the game that may decide their postseason fate.
Minnesota (16-13) moved one game ahead of Sacramento (15-14) for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with five games to play. The Lynx also won the season series with the Monarchs, giving them an edge if the teams finish the season with identical records.
Sacramento used a 15-5 run to take its largest lead at 66-56 with 6:18 remaining. Minnesota responded immediately and scored 21 of the game's final 28 points.
Smith buried a game-tying 3-pointer with 2:32 left and gave the Lynx the lead for good at 69-67 with a pair of free throws 77 seconds later. She made 4-of-4 free throws in the final minute and finished 12-of-14 from the line.
Smith made 7-of-10 shots from the floor and Sam shot 7-of-14 for Minnesota, which finished at 50 percent (22-of-44) and made 30-of-45 free throws.
Svetlana Abrosimova scored 13 points for the Lynx, who completed a 1-2 road trip.
DeMya Walker collected 18 points and 12 rebounds and Ruthie Bolton and Tangela Smith scored 12 points apiece for Sacramento, which lost for just the third time in nine games.