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Moore rallies Lynx past Mercury 82-77, scoring 13 of her 32 in fourth quarter

  • Phoenix Mercury forward Penny Taylor (13) tries to push up to the basket against Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) during the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference finals, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

    Phoenix Mercury forward Penny Taylor (13) tries to push up to the basket against Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) during the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference finals, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, top left, lines up a shot against Minnesota Lynx forward Damiris Dantas (34) and guard Seimone Augustus, right, during the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference finals, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

    Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, top left, lines up a shot against Minnesota Lynx forward Damiris Dantas (34) and guard Seimone Augustus, right, during the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference finals, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) shoots against Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson during the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference finals, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

    Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) shoots against Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson during the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference finals, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)  (The Associated Press)

Maya Moore scored 13 of her 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Lynx avoided elimination by beating the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.

Diana Taurasi scored 23 for the Mercury, who will host Game 3 on Tuesday night. The Lynx are three-time defending Western Conference champions.

Tied at 75 with 23.3 seconds left, Seimone Augustus hit a 15-foot jumper and was fouled by DeWanna Bonner. Augustus, who finished with 23 points, converted the three-point play, and after Candice Dupree missed a 15-footer on the other end, Moore hit two free throws to put it out of reach for Minnesota.

The Lynx went on a 13-0 run early in the fourth quarter to take their first lead since they scored the first point of the game. Augustus scored off a feed from Moore to put Minnesota on top 66-65 with 6:19 to play.