Storm 68, Lynx 65
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The Storm won their first game of the season against Minnesota; the Lynx took the season series by a 3-1 final. Seattle has won four of the seven matchups all-time at Key Arena, but Minnesota still leads the all-time series with an 8-5 record.
The Storm (16-11) now leads Minnesota and Sacramento by a game and a half for the third playoff seed in the Western Conference. The Lynx and the Monarchs are tied for the fourth seed (15-13) heading into their matchup Saturday in Sacramento.
The victory was the Storm's eighth straight at home, dating to the Lynx's 77-72 win on June 14. Minnesota has lost three in a row and six of seven away from the Target Center, falling to 4-9 this season. Four of those nine losses have been by four or fewer points, including Friday's three-point margin.
Minnesota lost consecutive games for the first time since July 1-5; the team's longest losing streak of the season is three (June 6-12). The Lynx have still won eight of their last 13.
The Lynx were credited with just three assists, tying the all-time WNBA single-game low (Cleveland at Detroit, July 28, 2001). The previous franchise-record low was six assists, set against Orlando on June 15, 2000 at Target Center. The Lynx' single-game low this season had been 10 (June 12 at Sacramento).
Led by Lauren Jackson's season-high-tying five, the Storm blocked a season-high 10 shots. Simone Edwards and Amanda Lassiter blocked two shots apiece.
Both teams are in the top three of the WNBA in three-point shooting but struggled from downtown. The Storm made 1-of-10 treys, Minnesota 1-of-9.
Guard Katie Smith
led all scorers with 20 points on 6-for-14 shooting, scoring 13 of her points after halftime, before fouling out with 12 seconds left. Center Janell Burse
added 14 for the Lynx, her seventh game this season with double-figure scoring and fifth straight.
Lynx forward Tamika Williams
tied her career high with 12 rebounds. Williams, the league's leading shooter, added 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting for her first double-double of the season and the fourth of her two-year career.
The Storm's Jackson finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and three steals, leading the team in all four categories. The double-double was Jackson's sixth straight, which ties the all-time WNBA record. Jackson also extended her scoring streaks. She now has 26 straight games with 15 or more points the second-longest streak of all-time and just three away from Cynthia Cooper's WNBA record and 46 straight games in double-figure scoring.