Seimone Augustus scored 20 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 73-66 on Tuesday night to improve their playoff positioning.
Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points, all in the first half, and 12 rebounds for Minnesota (11-17), which never could pull away but had an answer for every Silver Stars rally. The Lynx moved into third in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of San Antonio (11-18).
Augustus scored eight points in the fourth quarter as the Lynx evened the season series at two games apiece ahead of their final scheduled meeting Sunday in Minnesota.
Sophia Young scored 19 points for San Antonio, including two 3-pointers that helped the Silver Stars cut it to 70-66 with 36.1 seconds left.
Lindsay Whalen hit one of two free-throw attempts with 33 seconds remaining, and Young airballed a 3-point try on the other end to effectively end San Antonio's final threat.