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Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore was angry.
After a valiant effort put forth by her and her teammates on Wednesday afternoon, the Lynx lost their last game before the All-Star Break to the Connecticut Sun 78-77; a game the Lynx could have, no, SHOULD have won, at least according to Moore and Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve. Moore was not happy with the loss and it showed today at the WNBA All-Star Game in Connecticut.
Moore scored an All-Star Game record 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting (62.5 percent), including 6-of-10 from beyond the arc leading the Western Conference to a 117-112 victory over the Eastern Conference and claiming game-MVP honors. Moore also added six rebounds and five assists…you know, just to round out her awesome stat-line.
It was a close game late in the fourth quarter, but Moore scored eight straight points in the final two minutes, turning a one-point deficit into a 113-106 lead. The East quickly scored to make it a four-point deficit and make the game close again, but the league’s reigning MVP knocked down a huge three to seal the West’s victory.
“It was a close game, just like we wanted it to be and we turned it up and shots were going in so I’m just grateful,” said Moore, speaking about her personal 8-0 run to help secure a West victory.
As always, being the humble person that she is, Moore had to give credit to her All-Star teammates who played so well and allowed Moore to take over in the end.
“My teammates were just feeding me,” said Moore after receiving game-MVP honors. “We were playing hard, playing well, and it was a fun time. I’m just appreciative of my teammates, as usual, in this great state.”
Lynx guards Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen would have played alongside Moore but both were unfortunately forced to sit out due to injuries.
Next up for Moore and the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Lynx, they will welcome the Los Angeles Sparks to Target Center on Wednesday night to kick-off what is sure to be an exciting second-half of the season.