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Augustus leads Lynx in rout of Liberty

MINNEAPOLIS -- Seimone Augustus returned from injury and led Minnesota with 20 points, and the Lynx pulled away from the New York Liberty in the second half of an 88-70 win Friday in a battle of top-tier teams at the Target Center.Maya Moore adde...

MINNEAPOLIS - Seimone Augustus returned from injury and led Minnesota with 20 points, and the Lynx pulled away from the New York Liberty in the second half of an 88-70 win Friday in a battle of top-tier teams at the Target Center.
Maya Moore added 15 points for the defending-champion Lynx (18-4), who have won three in a row, all in blowout fashion.
Minnesota led 68-54 heading into the fourth quarter. The Lynx’s lead ballooned to 19 early in the fourth quarter, and the Liberty never seriously challenged down the stretch.
New York star Tina Charles posted her 12th double-double of the season, scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
The loss snapped the Liberty’s four-game win streak. New York (16-7) is in first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Lynx led 43-36 at halftime, behind for 11 points from Augustus. Augustus had missed the last three games, battling a knee issue.
Minnesota did not commit a turnover in the first half.
Janel McCarville came off the bench to score a career-high 10 points for the Lynx.
Shavonte Zellous scored 11 points off the bench for the Liberty.

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