Lynx sweep Mercury, advance to WNBA Finals

PHOENIX - Maya Moore scored 27 points, Seimone Augustus had 22, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 72-65 Sunday to advance to the WNBA Finals for the third straight year with a sweep in the best-of-three Western Conference finals.

Minnesota will open the finals on Sunday at home against Atlanta, which completed its sweep of Indiana earlier Sunday.

Diana Taurasi had 21 points for Phoenix, but was 6 of 21 from the field. Candice Dupree added 17 points, while No. 1 draft pick Brittney Griner was held to six points and 10 rebounds.

Minnesota beat Phoenix 85-62 in Game 1 on Thursday.

The Lynx swept Atlanta in the 2011 finals and lost to Indiana in four games last season.

Minnesota Lynx will host the Atlanta Dream for Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Target Center.

The entire schedule for the best-of-five WNBA Finals is:

  • Game 2 Tuesday, Oct. 8 Minneapolis 7:00 p.m. ESPN2/BOB 106.1
  • Game 3 Thursday, Oct. 10 Atlanta 7:30 p.m. ESPN2/BOB 106.1
  • Game 4* Sunday, Oct. 13 Atlanta 7:00 p.m. ESPN2/BOB 106.1
  • Game 5* Wednesday, Oct. 16 Minneapolis 7:00 p.m. ESPN/BOB 106.1

*if necessary

The Lynx finished the regular season at 26-8 and wrapped up the regular season with the league's best record for the third consecutive season. They were just the third team in league history to string together three consecutive 25+ win seasons.

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