- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Seimone Augustus’ rebound basket as time expired lifted the Minnesota Lynx to their 10th consecutive victory, 66-64 over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday night.

Lindsay Whalen’s jumper rolled off the rim in the final seconds, and Augustus snuck in for her fifth rebound and the winning score. She was mobbed by her teammates in the free-throw lane.

With just a handful of games left and playoff positions still up for grabs, Augustus’ 18 points helped the Lynx (23-6) keep pace with Phoenix for the West’s top spot. Indiana (13-16) is still competing for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Karima Christmas led the Fever with 15 points, and Erlana Larkins finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.


PHOENIX (AP) - Brittney Griner had 14 points, nine rebounds and nine blocked shots, and Phoenix set a franchise mark for wins in a season.

Diana Taurasi had nine of her 14 points in the fourth quarter for Phoenix (24-4), which has won 17 of 18. Candice Dupree added 16 points and six rebounds.

Angel McCoughtry scored 19 points for Atlanta (17-11), which has lost six of eight. All-Star Shoni Schimmel added 13 points and five assists.

The Mercury used an 11-3 start in the fourth quarter to erase a 51-47 deficit.

Penny Taylor had 13 points and eight assists for the Mercury, who have won a franchise-best 13 straight at home.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Odyssey Sims scored 30 points for Tulsa, and Glory Johnson and Skylar Diggins each had 18 points.

Johnson added nine rebounds as the Shock (11-19) snapped a two-game losing streak and moved to 2 1/2 games out of a playoff spot with four games remaining.

Sims scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, including consecutive baskets on a 3-pointer and a drive in the paint to complete a 19-8 run that put the game away. The Sparks pulled to 95-90 with eight seconds remaining, but were forced to foul.

Nneka Ogwumike scored a career-high 35 points and Candace Parker had 28 points, nine assists and four rebounds for the Sparks (13-16), who missed a chance to clinch a playoff berth.

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