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Moore, Lynx show offensive improvement in win over New York

Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Sparks in game five of the WNBA Finals at Target Center in Minneapolis on Oct. 20, 2017. Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK — Maya Moore posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx surged ahead late in the third quarter and rolled to a 90-71 rout of the New York Liberty on Thursday night, May 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Lindsay Whalen and Sylvia Fowles added 12 points apiece as the Lynx shot 45.7 percent overall and outscored the Liberty 47-31 after halftime. Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus contributed 11 apiece.

Sugar Rodgers scored 20 points for the Liberty and added seven rebounds. She scored 19 by halftime but missed all three shot attempts in the second half.

New York's Brittany Boyd added 16 but exited the game with about five minutes remaining due to an ankle injury.

Liberty forward Tina Charles played through an illness and did not score until the third quarter. She finished with six points on 2-of-9 shooting.

The Liberty scored the game's first eight points, but the Lynx used a 22-6 blitz to take a 24-19 lead after the first quarter. Minnesota expanded its lead to 11 early in the second on consecutive hoops by Moore, but Rodgers scored five straight points to get the Liberty to within 43-40 by halftime.

A three-point play by Boyd with 8:37 left in the third gave the Liberty a 45-43 lead. After taking its first lead since the 4:15 mark of the opening quarter, New York gave up a 17-2 run, and Moore's pull-up jumper lifted Minnesota to a 60-47 lead with 4:36 to play.

Minnesota took a 70-56 advantage into the fourth, but the Liberty got within 74-67 on a 3-pointer by Rebecca Allen with 6:13 remaining. The Lynx then finished it off by scoring 18 of the game's final 22 points.