SEATTLE, May 20 (Ticker) -- Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson led the WNBA in scoring in 2003. She got off to a great start to defending her title in 2004.

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Jackson scored 20 of her 31 points after the break as the Storm edged the Minnesota Lynx 88-85 in the season opener for both teams.

It was the second-most points by a WNBA player in a season opener, trailing only the 34 scored by Minnesota's Katie Smith in 2000.

Betty Lennox chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds and Sue Bird added 17 points for Seattle, which secured the victory when Minnesota's Tasha Butts missed a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining.

Seattle took the lead for good, 84-82, on a three-point play by Jackson with 1:23 remaining. Sheri Sam, whom the Storm acquired from the Lynx in an offseason trade, sank two free throws with 16 seconds left to make it 87-83, and after Smith made a layup to halve the deficit, Bird capped the scoring by splitting a pair of free throws three seconds later.

Smith and Teresa Edwards had 17 points apiece and Nicole Ohlde added 16 and 10 rebounds for the Lynx, who had five players in double figures.