Moore, Augustus lead Lynx over Sparks 88-77

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus scored 23 points apiece to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 88-77 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.

Lindsay Whalen added 12 points and Candice Wiggins had 10 for the first-place Lynx, who extended their lead in the Western Conference to three games over the Sparks. With eight games remaining, Minnesota needs only four more victories to clinch the No. 1 seed in the West regardless of what Los Angeles (19-9) and San Antonio (17-9) do the rest of the way.

The Lynx (22-4) won their ninth consecutive game and tied a franchise record with their 14th home win of the season.

Alana Beard scored 17 points and Jenna O'Hea added 15 for the Sparks, who matched a season high with their third straight loss.