The Minnesota Lynx fought to a 2-0 WNBA Finals advantage after taking down the Atlanta Dream 101-95 in front of 15,124 fans at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry continued in her fantastic Finals performances with a 38-point night, breaking her own previous record for most points in a WNBA Finals game of 35. However, just like Sunday, her one woman show could not compete with the Lynx as the game wound down. The game was tied as late as 85-85 after Minnesota came back from a double-digit second quarter deficit.
The Lynx were led by Seimone Augustus’ 36 points, including 15 points in the 4th quarter. Augustus finished 11-of-14 from the field and 13-of-16 from the line in her playoff-best scoring performance. Augustus herself had an impressive 7-1 run against the Dream at the line in the span of 42 seconds off the clock in the closing two minutes of the game.
After a ridiculously efficient first half by both squads and a McCoughtry triple at the buzzer, the Dream held an 8-point halftime lead and the score was set at 58-50. The Lynx inched closer in the 3rd quarter, bringing the game to within five at the end of the period. Minnesota got its first lead since the first quarter on a Wiggins free throw to put the score at 77-76 with 8:06 to play in the game. The final minutes of the contest were tightly contested, and tied at 85s with 3 1/2 minutes remaining before the Lynx took over the final period. Minnesota outscored the Dream 32-21 in the last 10 minutes of the game to end victorious. The series heads to Atlanta with the Dream in a must-win situation in their Game 3 contest Friday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.