MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx offense is humming at a record clip and their defense has caused the Atlanta Dream's biggest star to come unglued.
A second WNBA title in three seasons is right there in front of them. Now that the series is heading to the South, they don't plan on coming back home for another game. They plan on coming back home for another party.
Seimone Augustus scored 20 points and Lindsay Whalen had 14 points and five assists to push the Lynx to the brink of the championship with an 88-63 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night.
"It's right there," said Augustus, who made 9 of 12 shots. "We've got 40 more minutes, 80 more possessions to get to where we want to be and get to what we feel like we deserve."
Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Maya Moore chipped in 14 points and eight boards for the Lynx, who set a finals record with 56.9 percent shooting and lead the best-of-five series 2-0.
Angel McCoughtry scored 15 points for the Dream, but she made just 5 of 18 shots and was in foul trouble for most of the night.
Game 3 is on Thursday night in Georgia.
"We don't want to have to come back to Minneapolis," coach Cheryl Reeve said. "When we come back to Minneapolis, it's going to be for a parade, not to play Game 5."
The series is taking on a similar tone to the first time these two met in the finals two years ago, when the Lynx swept the Dream for the franchise's first title. Minnesota was upset by Indiana in the finals last year, and entered this series determined to show last year's disappointment was a fluke.
Moore had an emphatic swat of McCoughtry on a drive midway through the first quarter, and Moore glared at Atlanta's combustible star, who is 11 for 42 from the field in the first two games.