Three Observations From Sunday’s Lynx Win Over Storm

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate
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The Minnesota improved to 19-2 overall and extended their winning streak to six games with a 93-82 win over the Seattle Storm on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Here are our three observations from the win:

Playoffs In July 

With the win over the Storm, the Lynx officially clinched a playoff spot for the 2017 WNBA Playoffs. They are the first team in the league to clinch a playoff berth this season.

It’s only July. The playoffs don’t start until September 6.

That just speaks to just how dominant Minnesota has been this season.

Reaching the playoffs this season marks Minnesota’s seventh straight appearance in the playoffs. In the previous six seasons, the Lynx have reached the WNBA Finals five times and won three WNBA championships in the process.

Offensive Outburst

The Lynx offense was clicking on all cylinders in the win Sunday night.

In the game, Sylvia Fowles, Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson all finished with 20-plus points, something that hasn’t been done in nearly four years. Fowles led with 29 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, Moore had 24 points and six assists and Brunson added 20 points and six rebounds.

It’s the first time the Lynx have had three players score 20 or more points in a game since Aug. 6, 2013. In that game, which was a win over San Antonio, Moore had 26 points, Seimone Augustus had 21 and Brunson had 20 in that game.

Along with Fowles, Moore and Brunson, Renee Montgomery had eight points and five assists off the bench, Lindsay Whalen had seven points and Jia Perkins had five points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Continuing Winning Ways 

With the win over the Storm, the Lynx improved to a WNBA-leading 19-2 on the season.

Minnesota currently holds a three-game lead over the Los Angeles Sparks (17-6 overall) for the best record in the league.

The Lynx extended their winning streak to six games in the game, which is the longest active streak in the WNBA.

Last night’s win was also Minnesota’s seventh in a row at Xcel Energy Center this season and the 200th regular-season home win in club history.

The Lynx are back in action on Thursday when they host the Atlanta Dream at Xcel Energy Center. The game will be aired on ESPN 2 and 106.1 BOB FM.