MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 12 (Ticker) -- Sue Bird scored 20 points and led a decisive second-half run as the Seattle Storm stayed hot with a 72-66 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.

Fellow All-Star Lauren Jackson added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Storm (16-12), who have won eight of their last 10 games as they march toward a playoff berth and defense of their WNBA title.

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Seattle opened a one-game lead over Houston in the race for second place in the Western Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the postseason.

Bird made a 3-pointer that gave the Storm the lead for good at 48-47 and triggered a 15-2 surge. She added a jumper and Jackson scored six points, including a hoop that made it 60-49 with 9:42 to play.

The Lynx pulled within four points twice in the last 2 1/2 minutes, but Jackson and Bird each made a pair of free throws to squelch the rally.

Janell Burse scored 10 points for the Storm, who shot 49 percent (27-of-55) from the field and limited the Lynx to 37 percent (26-of-71).

Chandi Jones scored 16 points and a hobbled Vanessa Hayden added 14 and 11 boards for Minnesota (13-16), which fell one game behind Phoenix in the race for the West's final playoff berth. Hayden appeared to strain her knee early in the game and was limited to 21 minutes.

The teams meet again Thursday in Seattle.