Lynx hold off Storm to return to conference finals

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MINNEAPOLIS - Seimone Augustus scored 21 points, Maya Moore had 20 and the Minnesota Lynx held off the Seattle Storm 73-72 Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference finals.

Rebekkah Brunson scored 16 points to help the defending champion Lynx bounce back from a double-overtime loss in Game 2 and win the best-of-3 opening round series.

Minnesota will host Los Angeles in the opener of the West finals Thursday night. The Sparks swept San Antonio in their series.

Sue Bird scored 19 points and Camille Little had 17 for Seattle.

The Storm had a chance to win it in the final seconds, but Lauren Jackson's turnaround jumper went off the rim.

Seattle, which won the championship in 2010, lost in the conference semifinals for the seventh time in eight years.

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