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The top-seeded Minnesota Lynx took down No. 6 Washington Mystics 101-81 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the WNBA playoff semifinals at Williams Arena to take a 1-0 series lead.
Here are our three observations from the win:
Offensively in Tuesday’s win, the Lynx had one of their best playoff games in the team’s playoff history.
Minnesota went off for 101 points, which is the third most in its playoff history (113 vs. Phoenix on Sept. 28, 2016; 103 at Phoenix on Sept. 25, 2011).
The Lynx also finished with a total of 12 threes, which is a new franchise playoff record for most threes in a game. The previous record was nine against Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2012.
Minnesota tallied the highest team three-point percentage (70.6 percent) in the team’s playoff history (previous record was 57.1 percent at Phoenix on Sept. 25, 2011).
Finally, the Lynx shot 59.4 percent from the field against the Mystics, the 2nd-best postseason accuracy in franchise history and the 12th time they’ve hit over 50 percent.
It was certainly a performance to remember in Game 1, one that the Lynx hope will translate for the rest of the postseason.
Season-High For Seimone
Seimone Augustus led the way for the Lynx in the game, possibly actually catching on fire in the game.
Augustus finished with a season-high 24 points and added five rebounds and three assists.
Along with Augustus, Sylvia Fowles had 18 points and seven rebounds, Renee Montgomery had a new playoff career-high of 18 points and three assists, Maya Moore had 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, Rebekkah Brunson had nine points and three rebounds and Jia Perkins had eight points off the bench.
Lynx Take A 1-0 Series Lead
With the win, Minnesota jumps out to a 1-0 series lead over Washington in the best-of-five semifinals series.
It is the seventh consecutive year (eighth in nine postseason appearances) that the Lynx opened postseason play with a win.
Minnesota improves to 36-17 (67.9 percent) all-time in the playoffs and 25-5 (83.3 percent) in front of their home crowd.
The Lynx and Mystics return to action on Thursday night in Game 2 of the semifinals at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The game will be aired on ESPN2, 106.1 BOB FM and TuneIn Radio.