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By DAVE CAMPBELL
Posted May 20 2012 4:33PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Lynx finally put their last celebration behind them. Now the focus on becoming the WNBA's first repeat champions in 10 years is fully clear.

Seimone Augustus scored 19 points before leaving with bruised ribs, and the Lynx didn't let up in a 105-83 season-opening victory over the Diana Taurasi-less Phoenix Mercury on Sunday.

``Once the banner went up and the lights went on and we started to warm up for the game, it was about 2012 and what we're trying to do,'' Augustus said.

The MVP of last year's finals was hurt late in the third quarter when she leaped to save a loose ball and landed with her midsection on top of a courtside seat. Augustus stayed down on her knees for a few minutes and went to the locker room for examination, prompting a hearty cheer when she came back to the bench in the fourth quarter with the Lynx still comfortably ahead.

``We didn't play poorly. We still have a long way to go, though,'' head coach Cheryl Reeve said, relieved after a restless night hoping her team wasn't too distracted by the arrival of those sparkling championship rings and the exuberant pregame ceremony.

Lindsay Whalen had 10 of her 13 points in the final 11 minutes to go with five assists and backup Monica Wright added 15 points and five assists in front of the announced sellout crowd of 12,611, the largest of the franchise's 14 home openers.

``When Seimone goes out, I kind of feel like everyone needs to step up and do more,'' Whalen said.

With Taurasi out due to a strained left hip flexor, the Mercury missed the league's scoring leader in each of the last four seasons. Charde Houston, sent to the Mercury in a winter trade with the Lynx, scored 24 points against her old team on 5-for-11 shooting from 3-point range.

``Anybody who can score, it's a good fit for her,'' Phoenix coach Corey Gaines said of Houston's ability to mesh with his fast-paced offense.

DeWanna Bonner had 22 points, Candice Dupree added 13 points and rookie Samantha Prahalis had 12 points and six assists but four turnovers in her debut. The Mercury were done in by familiar weaknesses: not enough defense or depth. The Lynx reserves outscored the Mercury's 40-8, and Minnesota owned a 40-28 rebounding advantage overall.

``We're so versatile. We can all play with each other,'' Wright said.

There were other problems in play, but Taurasi's absence was difficult to overcome.

``When she's in, it's kind of like she just settles everyone down a little bit. She's kind of like a safety valve,'' Prahalis said.

The Lynx passed the 100-point mark five times in 42 games last season, including the playoffs, and three of those came against the Mercury, who allowed a league-most 86 points per game last year.

The Lynx outscored the Mercury 36-23 in the second quarter and finished at 57.1 percent shooting from the field. Their 44 makes were a team record. With nine of their 11 players back from last season, plus third overall draft pick Devereaux Peters coming off the bench to play in the post, they look every bit the dominant team they became last summer. Ten of the league's 12 general managers picked the Lynx as favorites to win this year's title.

The Lynx started a bit sluggishly but quickly recovered. The strength of their chemistry was obvious, with each player knowing where her teammates want the ball and feeding off each other well. On one fast break, Whalen pushed an up-court pass after a steal to Maya Moore, who coolly finished a two-on-one break with a no-look flip pass to Augustus to stretch the Lynx lead to 65-51.

Taurasi and Bonner are the only players left from the Mercury's 2009 championship team. They've been swept in the Western Conference finals in each of the last two years. Their quest to recapture that perch was dealt a big blow when Penny Taylor, who was eighth in the league in scoring last season, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. She won't play in 2012.

Houston and Alexis Hornbuckle were the only Lynx players who didn't return this year. They were traded to the Mercury in separate deals, but both of them received their rings with the rest of the Lynx before the game. Houston, whose playing time dwindled last season, had a 2011 high of nine points for the Lynx.

``I haven't gone anywhere. I know what my capabilities are, and it's just a matter of having the opportunity to show my abilities,'' Houston said. ``It's not `the old' or `the new.' It's Charde, period.''


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Mercury
Lynx
     
    • 40.0%

    • 57.1%

    • 46.2%

    • 50.0%

    • 61.1%

    • 72.2%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
PHO MIN
Total Rebounds 11 11
Offensive Rebounds 10 12
Turnovers 17 15
Fast Break Pts: 14 24
Biggest Lead: 5 22
Points in the Paint: 26 58
PHO MIN
p Houston   24 Augustus   19
rb Sanford   6 Brunson   9
a Prahalis   6 3 players   5
s Bonner   3 Whalen   3
b 2 players   1 Brunson   3
 
  • 05/20 - PHO 83 @ MIN 105
  • 06/15 - MIN 78 @ PHO 60
  • 06/27 - PHO 80 @ MIN 96
  • 09/21 - MIN 89 @ PHO 66
Phoenix Mercury (1-1)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
D. Bonner G-F 35:52 7-13 3-6 5-6 -18 1 2 3 3 1 3 3 0 0 22
C. Dupree F 34:17 5-8 0-0 3-4 -11 1 4 5 0 0 2 3 1 0 13
N. Sanford F-C 16:55 2-9 0-0 0-0 -3 3 3 6 1 4 0 1 0 0 4
C. Houston F 29:46 9-22 5-11 1-4 -8 0 3 3 3 3 2 2 0 1 24
S. Prahalis G 30:38 4-7 3-6 1-2 -23 2 0 2 6 2 1 5 0 0 12
Z. Tamane   10:41 0-2 0-0 0-0 -15 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
A. Gray-Lawson   22:00 2-9 1-2 1-2 -20 1 2 3 2 3 1 2 0 2 6
A. Warley   15:05 1-2 0-0 0-0 -7 0 3 3 0 2 2 0 1 0 2
A. Hornbuckle   04:46 0-3 0-1 0-0 -5 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
D. Taurasi DNP - Coach's Decision
P. Taylor NWT - Torn Left ACL
Total   200 30-75 12-26 11-18   10 18 28 16 17 11 17 2 5 83
  40.0% 46.2% 61.1%   team rebs: 11 total to: 17
Minnesota Lynx (2-0)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Moore F 26:15 5-14 1-3 2-2 +7 0 4 4 4 1 2 3 1 0 13
R. Brunson F 27:37 5-8 0-0 2-2 +12 6 3 9 0 1 1 1 3 0 12
T. McWilliams-Franklin F-C 28:18 3-6 0-0 2-2 +17 2 2 4 5 2 2 1 1 0 8
S. Augustus G 23:43 9-16 0-0 1-1 +9 0 5 5 0 1 1 1 0 0 19
L. Whalen G 21:55 6-10 0-0 1-2 +1 1 3 4 5 0 3 2 0 2 13
C. Wiggins   22:11 4-6 3-5 0-0 +24 0 3 3 1 2 0 2 0 0 11
J. Adair   12:23 4-5 0-0 1-2 +10 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 9
M. Wright   22:27 6-9 0-0 3-5 +19 1 4 5 5 5 2 4 0 0 15
D. Peters   11:12 1-2 0-0 1-2 +5 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 3
E. Thorn   03:59 1-1 0-0 0-0 +6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
A. Harris DND - Sprained Ankle
Total   200 44-77 4-8 13-18   12 28 40 22 17 12 15 5 2 105
  57.1% 50.0% 72.2%   team rebs: 11 total to: 15

inactive

  • Mercury: --
  • Lynx: --

technical fouls

  • Mercury: --
  • Lynx: Wiggins

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 4
  • Times Tied: 5

arena stats

  • Arena: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Officials: #38 Lamont Simpson, #39 Michael Price, #13 Cameron Inouye
  • Attendance: 12611
  • Duration: 1:52
Phoenix Mercury (0-2) Minnesota Lynx (2-0)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball McWilliams-Franklin vs Bonner (Dupree gains possession) 
Houston Jump Shot: Missed  09:49  
  09:47 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:31 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:30 Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:12
[MIN 2-0]
Augustus Driving Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  09:01  
Sanford Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  09:00  
Sanford Layup Shot: Missed  08:58  
Prahalis Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:57  
Houston 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST)  08:50
[PHO 3-2]
 
  08:26
[MIN 5-3]
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (1 AST) 
Prahalis 3pt Shot: Missed  08:16  
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:15  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:14
[PHO 5-5]
 
  08:02
[MIN 7-5]
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Moore (1 AST) 
Houston 3pt Shot: Missed  07:50  
  07:46 Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:41 Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Dupree (1 ST) 
Sanford Jump Shot: Missed  07:22  
Sanford Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  07:21  
Sanford Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:19
[PHO 7-7]
 
  07:04 Whalen Jump Shot: Missed 
Sanford Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  07:02  
Houston 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Prahalis (1 AST)  06:55
[PHO 10-7]
 
  06:35
[MIN 9-10]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Houston 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS)  06:05
[PHO 13-9]
 
  05:52 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:51  
  05:45 McWilliams-Franklin Foul: Shooting (1 PF) 
Sanford Substitution replaced by Tamane  05:45  
Prahalis Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  05:45  
Team Rebound  05:45  
  05:45 Whalen Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  05:45 Brunson Substitution replaced by Adair 
  05:45 Augustus Substitution replaced by Wright 
Houston Substitution replaced by Gray-Lawson  05:45  
Prahalis Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  05:45
[PHO 14-9]
 
  05:32
[MIN 11-14]
Adair Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Gray-Lawson Jump Shot: Missed  05:18  
  05:17 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:13 Wiggins Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST) 
Tamane Jump Shot: Missed Block: Moore (1 BLK)  05:06  
  05:04 Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:58 Moore Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Gray-Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:56  
Dupree Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Gray-Lawson (1 AST)  04:44
[PHO 16-11]
 
  04:36 Wright Jump Shot: Missed 
Gray-Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:34  
Gray-Lawson Jump Shot: Missed Block: McWilliams-Franklin (1 BLK)  04:28  
  04:26 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:21
[MIN 13-16]
Moore Reverse Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Wright (1 AST) 
Bonner Foul: Shooting (1 PF)  04:21  
  04:21  
  04:21
[MIN 14-16]
Moore Free Throw 1 of 1 (6 PTS) 
Prahalis Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Adair (1 ST)  04:13  
  03:58
[MIN 16-16]
Wright Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  03:49  
Gray-Lawson Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:44  
Gray-Lawson Layup Shot: Missed  03:41  
Tamane Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  03:40  
Tamane Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Moore (1 ST)  03:38  
  03:26
[MIN 18-16]
Wright Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Adair (1 AST) 
Gray-Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  03:08  
Prahalis Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  03:05  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  02:59  
  02:58 Team Rebound 
Gray-Lawson Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF)  02:58  
Prahalis Substitution replaced by Houston  02:58  
  02:58 McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Peters 
  02:58 Moore Substitution replaced by Augustus 
  02:45 Wright Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (2 ST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Gray-Lawson (2 AST)  02:38
[PHO 18-18]
 
  02:22 Wiggins Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Gray-Lawson (1 ST) 
Gray-Lawson Jump Shot: Missed  02:17  
Team Rebound  02:15  
Houston Jump Shot: Missed  02:09  
  02:08 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:02 Augustus Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  01:57  
  01:52 Wright Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Tamane Substitution replaced by Sanford  01:52  
Houston Jump Shot: Missed  01:48  
Team Rebound  01:48  
  01:48 Adair Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) 
  01:48 Adair Substitution replaced by Brunson 
Sanford Jump Shot: Missed  01:38  
  01:36 Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:20 Brunson Jump Shot: Missed 
Houston Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:17  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  01:06  
  01:04 Peters Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Sanford Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF)  01:04  
  01:04 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Whalen 
  00:57.0 Peters Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  00:57.0 Peters Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Dupree Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  00:46.8  
  00:35.9
[MIN 20-18]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Whalen (1 AST) 
Houston Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS)  00:30.2
[PHO 20-20]
 
  00:30.2 Peters Foul: Shooting (2 PF) 
  00:30.2 Peters Substitution replaced by Moore 
Houston Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  00:30.2  
  00:29.9 Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:12.8 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:09.9  
Sanford Jump Shot: Missed  00:00.9  
  00:00.3 Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
End of 1st Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (0-2) Minnesota Lynx (2-0)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
  09:47 Whalen Layup Shot: Missed Block: Dupree (1 BLK) 
  09:47 Team Rebound 
  09:41 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:40 Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  09:24
[MIN 22-20]
Moore Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (2 AST) 
Sanford Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Moore (2 ST)  09:19  
  09:15 Moore Layup Shot: Missed 
  09:14 Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  09:14
[MIN 24-20]
Whalen Putback Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  08:48 Augustus Foul: Shooting (1 PF) 
Houston Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  08:48  
Team Rebound  08:48  
Houston Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  08:48
[PHO 21-24]
 
  08:36 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:35  
Dupree Driving Layup Shot: Missed  08:30  
  08:29 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:15 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:14 Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:0) 
  08:14
[MIN 26-21]
Brunson Putback Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Prahalis (2 AST)  08:03
[PHO 23-26]
 
  07:49 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:47 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Houston Foul: Shooting (1 PF)  07:46  
  07:46
[MIN 27-23]
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  07:46
[MIN 28-23]
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Whalen (1 ST)  07:42  
Sanford Foul: Shooting (2 PF)  07:39  
Team Timeout : Regular  07:39  
  07:39 Whalen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:39 Team Rebound 
  07:39
[MIN 29-23]
Whalen Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Houston 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Sanford (1 AST)  07:27
[PHO 26-29]
 
  07:08
[MIN 31-26]
Augustus Floating Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Moore (2 AST) 
Prahalis 3pt Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Bonner (2 AST)  06:42
[PHO 29-31]
 
  06:31
[MIN 33-29]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (3 AST) 
Sanford Jump Shot: Missed  06:17  
  06:16 Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  05:58 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Houston Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:55  
Prahalis Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Brunson (1 ST)  05:41  
  05:38
[MIN 35-29]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Whalen (2 AST) 
Houston Foul: Shooting (2 PF)  05:38  
Sanford Substitution replaced by Tamane  05:38  
Houston Substitution replaced by Gray-Lawson  05:38  
  05:38 Whalen Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  05:38 Moore Substitution replaced by Wright 
  05:38
[MIN 36-29]
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS) 
  05:28 Brunson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) 
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  05:28
[PHO 30-36]
 
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:28  
  05:27 Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  05:09
[MIN 38-30]
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (1 AST) 
Gray-Lawson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  04:55
[PHO 32-38]
 
  04:46 Wright Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:45 Wright Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:43
[MIN 41-32]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Wright (2 AST) 
  04:33 Wiggins Technical 
Bonner Free Throw Technical (4 PTS)  04:33
[PHO 33-41]
 
Prahalis Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:McWilliams-Franklin (1 ST)  04:25  
  04:19
[MIN 43-33]
Wright Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Gray-Lawson Foul: Offensive (2 PF)  04:05  
Gray-Lawson Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  04:05  
  03:47 McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed 
Tamane Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  03:44  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS)  03:33
[PHO 36-43]
 
  03:08
[MIN 45-36]
Wright Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (4 AST) 
Prahalis 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS)  02:48
[PHO 39-45]
 
  02:34
[MIN 47-39]
Augustus Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Prahalis Foul: Shooting (1 PF)  02:34  
  02:34 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:34
[MIN 48-39]
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 1 (11 PTS) 
Bonner Running Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS)  02:19
[PHO 41-48]
 
  02:09
[MIN 51-41]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Wright (3 AST) 
Prahalis Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO)  02:02  
Tamane Substitution replaced by Sanford  02:02  
  01:49 McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:47 Brunson Rebound (Off:4 Def:2) 
  01:38 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:35 Brunson Rebound (Off:5 Def:2) 
  01:33 Brunson Layup Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  01:32  
Gray-Lawson Substitution replaced by Houston  01:32  
Sanford Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Houston (1 AST)  01:15
[PHO 43-51]
 
Sanford Foul: Shooting (3 PF)  01:08  
  01:08 Wright Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:08 Team Rebound 
  01:08
[MIN 52-43]
Wright Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Prahalis 3pt Shot: Missed  00:55.9  
  00:53.9 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Sanford Foul: Personal (4 PF)  00:47.7  
Sanford Substitution replaced by Tamane  00:47.7  
  00:47.7
[MIN 53-43]
Wright Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
  00:47.7
[MIN 54-43]
Wright Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Wright (1 ST)  00:45.9  
  00:32.8
[MIN 56-43]
Augustus Driving Bank shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Missed  00:24.9  
Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  00:22.9  
Tamane Jump Shot: Missed  00:17.4  
  00:17.4 Team Rebound 
  00:01.9 McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:00.3 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (0-2) Minnesota Lynx (2-0)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
  09:46 Brunson Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  09:44  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Prahalis (3 AST)  09:36
[PHO 46-56]
 
  09:19 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Houston Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  09:17  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  08:58  
  08:57 Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:47 McWilliams-Franklin Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (3 ST) 
Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Augustus (1 ST)  08:39  
  08:35
[MIN 58-46]
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Whalen (3 AST) 
Team Timeout : Short  08:34  
Prahalis Substitution replaced by Gray-Lawson  08:34  
Sanford Jump Shot: Missed  08:15  
  08:14 Team Rebound 
  07:58
[MIN 60-46]
Augustus Driving Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
  07:37 McWilliams-Franklin Foul: Shooting (2 PF) 
Dupree Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  07:37
[PHO 47-60]
 
Sanford Substitution replaced by Warley  07:37  
Dupree Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  07:37
[PHO 48-60]
 
  07:29 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:28 Brunson Rebound (Off:6 Def:2) 
  07:12
[MIN 62-48]
Moore Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Gray-Lawson Foul: Shooting (3 PF)  07:12  
Bonner Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle  07:12  
  07:12
[MIN 63-48]
Moore Free Throw 1 of 1 (11 PTS) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  06:58  
Hornbuckle Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  06:57  
Houston 3pt Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Hornbuckle (1 AST)  06:54
[PHO 51-63]
 
  06:39 Brunson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Dupree (2 ST) 
Hornbuckle Jump Shot: Missed Block: Brunson (1 BLK)  06:34  
  06:32 Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  06:28
[MIN 65-51]
Augustus Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Moore (3 AST) 
Warley Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Houston (2 AST)  06:09
[PHO 53-65]
 
  06:00
[MIN 67-53]
Moore Floating Jump shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Whalen (4 AST) 
Houston 3pt Shot: Missed  05:50  
  05:49 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  05:45 Augustus Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Dupree Substitution replaced by Bonner  05:45  
  05:45 Brunson Substitution replaced by Adair 
Gray-Lawson 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Bonner (3 AST)  05:28
[PHO 56-67]
 
Hornbuckle Foul: Personal (1 PF)  05:10  
Houston Substitution replaced by Prahalis  05:10  
  05:10 Moore Substitution replaced by Wright 
  05:10 Whalen Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  04:55
[MIN 69-56]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (5 AST) 
  04:45 Wiggins Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
  04:45  
  04:45 McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Peters 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  04:41  
Team Rebound  04:39  
Gray-Lawson Jump Shot: Missed  04:34  
  04:31 Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Hornbuckle Foul: Shooting (2 PF)  04:13  
  04:13 Adair Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  04:13 Team Rebound 
  04:13
[MIN 70-56]
Adair Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Wright (2 ST)  03:58  
  03:55
[MIN 72-56]
Wright Driving Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Prahalis Foul: Shooting (2 PF)  03:55  
  03:55 Wright Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:53  
Hornbuckle 3pt Shot: Missed  03:47  
  03:46 Wright Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  03:30 Team Timeout : Short 
  03:30 Augustus Substitution replaced by Moore 
Gray-Lawson Substitution replaced by Houston  03:30  
  03:24 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:23 Adair Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  03:22
[MIN 74-56]
Adair Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Hornbuckle Jump Shot: Missed  03:00  
  02:59 Wright Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  02:55
[MIN 76-56]
Wright Driving Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Houston 3pt Shot: Missed  02:31  
  02:28 Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Hornbuckle Violation:Kicked Ball  02:26  
Hornbuckle Substitution replaced by Dupree  02:26  
  02:12 Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Warley (1 ST) 
Houston 3pt Shot: Missed  02:07  
  02:06 Team Rebound 
Warley Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF)  02:06  
  02:06
[MIN 77-56]
Peters Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  02:06 Peters Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Warley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:05  
Houston Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Prahalis (4 AST)  01:49
[PHO 58-77]
 
  01:43 Wright Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Houston (1 ST) 
Houston Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS)  01:38
[PHO 60-77]
 
  01:38 Adair Foul: Shooting (2 PF) 
Houston Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  01:38  
  01:37 Peters Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  01:29 Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Prahalis (1 ST) 
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Prahalis (5 AST)  01:23
[PHO 62-77]
 
  01:23 Team Timeout : Short 
  01:23 Wright Substitution replaced by Whalen 
  01:09 Whalen Driving Jump shot: Missed Block: Warley (1 BLK) 
Team Rebound  01:08  
  01:08 Jump Ball Whalen vs Warley (Houston gains possession) 
Warley Jump Shot: Missed  00:50.9  
  00:47.9 Team Rebound 
  00:47.9 Jump Ball Peters vs Prahalis (Whalen gains possession) 
  00:42.5
[MIN 79-62]
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Prahalis Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS)  00:35.7
[PHO 64-79]
 
  00:24.9 Adair Jump Shot: Missed 
Warley Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:23.9  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Houston (3 AST)  00:17.2
[PHO 67-79]
 
  00:01.9
[MIN 81-67]
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Prahalis 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.0  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 3rd Qtr
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Gray-Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:McWilliams-Franklin (2 ST)  09:46  
  09:37
[MIN 83-67]
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Moore (4 AST) 
Houston Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Whalen (2 ST)  09:18  
  09:13 Whalen Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
  09:09 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  09:06
[MIN 86-67]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Whalen (5 AST) 
  08:43 Wiggins Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  08:32
[PHO 69-86]
 
  08:05 Whalen Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Houston (2 ST) 
Houston Driving Layup Shot: Made (24 PTS)  07:59
[PHO 71-86]
 
  07:47 Moore Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  07:47 Moore Turnover : Foul (3 TO) 
Houston Jump Shot: Missed  07:33  
  07:31 Brunson Rebound (Off:6 Def:3) 
  07:17
[MIN 88-71]
Brunson Driving Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Warley Foul: Shooting (2 PF)  07:17  
  07:17 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Wright 
Houston Substitution replaced by Sanford  07:17  
  07:17
[MIN 89-71]
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 1 (10 PTS) 
Gray-Lawson Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Brunson (2 BLK)  07:09  
Sanford Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  07:07  
  07:00 Wright Foul: Shooting (2 PF) 
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (18 PTS)  07:00
[PHO 72-89]
 
Warley Substitution replaced by Prahalis  07:00  
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (19 PTS)  07:00
[PHO 73-89]
 
  06:48
[MIN 91-73]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Wright (4 AST) 
Prahalis 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS)  06:22
[PHO 76-91]
 
  06:07 Jump Ball McWilliams-Franklin vs Prahalis (Whalen gains possession) 
  05:59
[MIN 93-76]
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Sanford Layup Shot: Missed  05:44  
  05:43 Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  05:37 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
Sanford Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  05:36  
  05:36 Wright Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
  05:36 Team Timeout : Regular 
Gray-Lawson Substitution replaced by Houston  05:36  
Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Whalen (3 ST)  05:24  
  05:20
[MIN 95-76]
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  05:20  
Houston Jump Shot: Missed  05:05  
  05:03 Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  04:51 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
Sanford Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  04:49  
Prahalis Turnover : Backcourt Turnover (5 TO)  04:28  
Sanford Substitution replaced by Warley  04:28  
  04:16 Wright Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  04:15  
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS)  03:59
[PHO 78-95]
 
  03:59 Wright Foul: Shooting (4 PF) 
  03:59 McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Peters 
  03:59 Whalen Substitution replaced by Thorn 
  03:59 Moore Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 1 (22 PTS)  03:59
[PHO 79-95]
 
  03:53 Wright Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Warley (2 ST) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Prahalis (6 AST)  03:44
[PHO 81-95]
 
  03:33
[MIN 97-81]
Wiggins Reverse Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Houston Layup Shot: Missed Block: Brunson (3 BLK)  03:17  
  03:15 Peters Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  03:00
[MIN 99-81]
Thorn Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  02:41 Peters Foul: Shooting (3 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:41  
Bonner Substitution replaced by Gray-Lawson  02:41  
  02:41 Brunson Substitution replaced by Adair 
Dupree Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:41  
Team Rebound  02:41  
Dupree Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  02:41
[PHO 82-99]
 
  02:24 Wright Turnover : Backcourt Turnover (4 TO) 
Dupree Substitution replaced by Tamane  02:24  
Houston 3pt Shot: Missed  02:07  
  02:06 Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:58 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
  01:56 Peters Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  01:43
[MIN 101-82]
Adair Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Wright (5 AST) 
  01:27 Wright Foul: Personal (5 PF) 
Gray-Lawson Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:27  
Team Rebound  01:27  
Gray-Lawson Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  01:27
[PHO 83-101]
 
  01:12
[MIN 103-83]
Adair Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Houston Foul: Offensive (3 PF)  01:00  
Houston Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  01:00  
  00:50.9 Peters Jump Shot: Missed 
Warley Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:48.9  
Houston 3pt Shot: Missed  00:41.9  
  00:39.9 Adair Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  00:34.2
[MIN 105-83]
Peters Layup Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Thorn (1 AST) 
Houston Jump Shot: Missed  00:21.9  
  00:18.2 Team Rebound 
End of 4th Qtr
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7
27
2-8
3-14
4-13
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27
7
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16-1
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FG% .473 .
FT% .755 .
Points 86.0 NaN
Rebounds 37.8 NaN
Assists 20.8 NaN
Steals 7.6 NaN
Blocks 4.7 NaN
3-Point % .400 .
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FG% .418 .
FT% .814 .
Points 78.3 NaN
Rebounds 32.2 NaN
Assists 16.6 NaN
Steals 9.5 NaN
Blocks 4.3 NaN
3-Point % .400 .
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