Silver Stars Fall to Lynx
1 2 3 4 F Silver Stars (11-8) 15 8 17 20 60 Lynx (15-4) 10 7 26 19 62
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 18 points, including the game-winning jumper with 1.3 seconds left, and added seven rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx held on for a 62-60 win against the San Antonio Silver Stars on Thursday.
Candice Wiggins added 15 points on a career-high five 3-pointers for Minnesota (15-4), which extended its franchise-best winning streak to eight games, the longest streak in the WNBA this season.
The Lynx have won 10 of their past 11 games and extended their Western Conference lead over San Antonio, Phoenix and Seattle to four games.
Sophia Young had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Silver Stars (11-8), who have lost three in a row. Becky Hammon added 15 points.
Tied at 60, Minnesota point guard Lindsay Whalen drove the length of the court and kicked the ball out to an open McWilliams-Franklin, who connected from 18 feet.
It was reminiscent of Sunday's game between the two teams, when Whalen hit a game-winning jumper with 1.5 seconds left in a 70-69 Lynx victory.
Minnesota continued its run against the top teams in the West. During their winning streak, the Lynx have beaten San Antonio, Phoenix and Seattle.
This win had a rough start.
The teams combined to shoot 19 percent (6 of 31) in the second quarter after a sluggish opening period. They combined for 15 points in the second and also combined for 17 turnovers in the first half.
Seimone Augustus, the reigning Western Conference player of the month, was 1 of 7 in the first half. Augustus and Whalen were a combined 6 of 26 for the game.
San Antonio led late in the fourth quarter until McWilliams-Franklin made two free throws for a 58-57 lead with just over a minute left.
The Lynx's defense held on the ensuing possession as McWilliams-Franklin deflected a pass and the Silver Stars missed a desperate, deep 3-pointer. Minnesota added a pair of free throws, but Jia Perkins hit three free throws to tie the game 60-all.
San Antonio continues to struggle without rookie forward Danielle Adams. Adams, an All-Star, has missed four games with a sprained right foot and the Silver Stars are 1-3 without her. She is expected to miss at least another three weeks.
After starting the season with an 8-2 record, San Antonio is 3-6 since.
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