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Editor's Note: With the WNBA All-Star game nearly a month away, Lynxbasketball.com goes back in the time machine to bring you the top moments from Minnesota Lynx players during their time in the All-Star Game.

Remember, you can vote for this year's All-Star Game, which will be on July 27, by clicking here.

Get your goggles and helmets on, folks. We are about to go back in time.

1999 All- Star game, July 14

Madison Square Garden, New York

West 79, East 71

Lynx representative(s): Guard Tonya Edwards (first selection)

How did she do? Edwards played 15 minutes, scored seven points and dished out one assist.

MVP: Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie – 13 points

Fun Fact: Taj McWilliams-Franklin, who would later help the Lynx win the 2011 title, was voted as a member from the Orlando Miracle on the East. She finished with eight points and a team-high seven rebounds.

2000 All-Star Game, July 17

America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona

West 73, East 61

Lynx representative(s): Guards Betty Lennox and Katie Smith

How did they do? Lennox score three points in 21 minutes and hauled in five rebounds. Smith had no points in nine minutes to go with two assists and two steals. Spoiler alert: She’d be back.

MVP: Houston Comets forward Tina Thompson – 13 points, 11 rebounds

Fun Fact: The attendance was 17,717… Whoa… That just blew my mind. AND the game was held on the 17th of the month? WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE?!

2001 All-Star Game, July 16

TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando Florida

West 80, East 72

Lynx representative(s): Guard Katie Smith (Second appearance)

How did she do? In 20 minutes, she scored just two points. (She averaged 23.1 points per game in the regular season. Cut her some slack.)

MVP: Leslie – 20 points, nine rebounds

Fun Fact: The starting lineup for the West consisted of three players from Sacramento and two from Houston. The East was represented by three players from New York and two from Washington. So, for those of you counting at home, only four teams were represented in the starting fives.

2002 All-Star Game, July 15

MCI Center, Washington D.C.

West 81, East 76

Lynx representative(s): Guard Katie Smith (Third appearance)

How did she do? In 11 minutes, Smith had four points, four assists and three rebounds.

MVP: Leslie - 18 points, 13 rebounds

Fun Fact: Ashanti performed at halftime. Her "Foolish" was No.2 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles list of 2002. Ah, the good old days.

2003 All-Star Game, July 12

Madison Square Garden, New York

West 84, Lynx 75

Lynx representative(s): Guard Katie Smith (Fourth appearance)

How did she do? In 15 minutes, she scored two points.

MVP: Los Angeles Sparks guard Nikkie Teasley - 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals

Fun Fact: The WNBA interviewed ABC's sideline reporter Doris Burke before the All-Star Game. She revealed that her ultimate summertime song is "Surfing U.S.A." made famous by The Beach Boys. A member of the band, Mike Love, is Kevin Love's uncle. Love is an All-Star power forward for the Timberwolves. Small world. Keep on jammin', Doris.

2004 All-Star Game

In order to allow players to participate in the 2004 Olympic Games, the WNBA took a month-long break.

However, Katie Smith was on the Team USA roster when the team went on to win the Gold Medal in Athens.

Fun Fact: Sorry. No All-Star Game. No Fun Fact. That's how the cookie crumbles.

2005 All-Star Game, July 9

Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.

West 122, East 99

Lynx representative(s): Guard Katie Smith (Fifth appearance)

How did she do? Smith had her best All-Star Game yet, finishing with 16 points, hitting 4-of-6 3-pointers.

MVP - Houston Comets guard Sheryl Swoopes - 15 points, four rebounds, two assists

Fun Fact: There were 11 Olympians that played in this game. That might explain the 221 combined points.

2006 All-Star Game, July 12

Madison Square Garden, New York

East 98, West 82

Lynx representative(s): Guard Seimone Augustus (First appearance)

How did she do: Augustus scored a team-high 16 points to lead the West. In fact, she was the only player to score more than nine points for her team. She also became the first Minnesota player to win the Skills Challenge. It was a sign of what was to come from the rookie.

MVP: Connecticut Sun guard Katie Douglas - 15 points, five rebounds, four assists

Fun Fact: The win was the first ever for the East. The league was also celebrating its 10th anniversary that season.

2007 All-Star Game, July 15

Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

East 103, West 99

Lynx representative(s): Guard Seimone Augustus (Second appearance)

How did she do? In 19 minutes of play, Augustus scored eight points to go along with seven rebounds. She also took second place in the Skills Competition.

MVP - Detroit Shock forward Cheryl Ford - 16 points, 13 rebounds, five assists

Fun Fact: Back in 1999, there were 23 players in the All-Star Game. Of that original group, only three players were named All-Stars in 2007; Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Yolanda Griffith and Tina Thompson. It was the first All-Star Game ever without either Sheryl Swoopes or Lisa Leslie.

2008 All Star Game

There was no All-Star Game due to the summer Olympics held in Beijing. That doesn't mean the Lynx weren't represented, though.

Augustus played on the Olympic team and helped the Red, White and Blue win the Gold medal, scoring 7.4 points per game in 11 games. It was her first Gold Medal in Olympic play.

Again, no fun fact. We apologize.

2009 All-Star Game

Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.

East 130, West 118

Lynx representative(s): Forward Charde Houston (First appearance) and forward Nicky Anosike (First appearance)

How did they do? Houston scored 16 points, while shooting 7-of-10 from the field to go with six rebounds. Anosike scored two points while hauling in five rebounds. Houston also finished third in the Skills Challenge.

MVP: Seattle Storm forward Swin Cash - 22 points, six rebounds

Not So Fun Fact: You may have realized Augustus wasn't an All-Star this season. That's because Augustus tore her ACL in June against the Phoenix Mercury.

Here was Houston's take on her injury during the 2009 All-Star Media Day:

"Seimone’s shoes are so big that I don’t think that just one person can fill them. So I think that just playing more minutes and having to play a little bit of the three, defend different players, and defend different styles things like that. I think that she’s more than just one person, she’s about ten people for us, she’s the spirit of our team, and she’s everything. So it’s more of just keeping that spirit alive and understanding that our team as a whole has to band together and obviously win games."

2010 All-Star Game, July 10

Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.

USA 99, WNBA 72

Lynx representative(s): Guard Lindsay Whalen (Second appearance) and forward Rebekkah Brunson (Second appearance)

How did they do? Whalen finished with eight points off the bench, while Brunson scored six points. Whalen also took third place in the Skills Challenge.

MVP: Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles led Team USA with 23 points and eight rebounds.

Fun Fact: Why was Team USA in this game you ask? It was actually called "Stars at the Sun" in a unique take on the All-Star Game.

2011 All-Star Game, July 23

AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

East 118, West 113

Lynx representative(s): Whalen (third appearance), Augustus (fourth appearance), Brunson (third appearance), Maya Moore (first appearance)

How did they do? Both Moore and Brunson were named starters. Brunson had a great night, finishing with 20 points and fell just one rebound short of a double-double.

Whalen scored five points off the bench, while Augustus added nine

MVP: Cash - 21 points, 12 rebounds

Fun Fact: The league celebrated its 15th Year Anniversary during the break and named its top-15 players of all-time. Katie Smith, who spent 1999-2005 with the Lynx, was voted a member of that team to go along with Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Yolanda Griffith, Becky Hammon, Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie, Ticha Penicheiro, Cappie Pondexter, Dawn Stayley, Sheryl Swoopes, Diana Taurasi, Tina Thompson and Teresa Weatherspoon.

2012 All-Star Game

Those darn summer Olympics keep getting in the way of these All-Star Games. This time, Team USA won Gold in London while Whalen, Augustus and Moore helped the team do so.

Whalen averaged eight points per game to go along with three rebounds. Moore, a starter for five of the games, averaged nine points per contest and was third on the team averaging 5.6 rebounds per game Augustus also averaged eight points per game.

2013 All-Star Game

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The 2013 All-Star Game will be held on July 27 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.


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