MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Lynx offense is humming at a record rate, and their defense has caused the Atlanta Dream’s biggest star to come unglued.
A second league title in three seasons is right there in front of them. With the best-of-five WNBA Finals heading to the South, they don’t plan on coming back home for another game. They plan on returning for another victory party.
Seimone Augustus scored 20 points on 9-for-12 shooting and Lindsay Whalen had 14 points and five assists to lead the Lynx to an 88-63 victory over Atlanta in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
Minnesota won the series opener 84-59.
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“It’s right there,” Augustus said. “We’ve got 40 more minutes, 80 more possessions to get to where we want to be and get to what we feel like we deserve.”
Rebekkah Brunson added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Maya Moore chipped in 14 points and eight boards for the Lynx, who set a Finals record with 56.9 percent shooting.
Angel McCoughtry scored 15 points for the Dream, but she made a mere 5 of 18 shots and was in foul trouble for most of the night. McCoughtry, the league’s leading scorer in the regular season, was 6 for 24 in the series opener.
Game 3 is Thursday in Georgia.
“We don’t want to have to come back to Minneapolis,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “When we come back to Minneapolis, it’s going to be for a parade, not to play Game 5.”
The series is taking on a similar tone to the first time these teams met in the Finals two years ago, when the Lynx swept the Dream for the franchise’s first title. Minnesota was upset by Indiana in the 2012 Finals, and entered this series determined to show last year’s setback was a fluke.
“We don’t want to believe it’s over, but it’s tough playing the Lynx, you know?” McCoughtry said. “They’re so deep.”