Augustus, Lynx even series with Game 2 victory

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Seimone Augustus scored 23 of her team-high 27 points in the second half to help the Minnesota Lynx even their best-of- five series against the Indiana Fever with an 83-71 victory in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals.

Maya Moore followed with 23 points and Lindsay Whalen added 14 points for the defending champions, who are trying to become the first back-to-back champions since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001-02.

Tamika Catchings powered the Fever with 27 points and eight rebounds, while Shavonte Zellous chipped in 16 points for Indiana, which took Game 1, 76-70, on Sunday.

The series shifts to Indiana for Game 3 on Friday night.

The Fever trailed 9-6 just before the midpoint of the first, but a pair of free throws from Catchings sparked a 12-2 run to close the quarter with the visitors holding an 18-11 lead.

The Lynx stormed back in the second, as Moore's jumper capped an 8-0 surge midway through the stanza to help the Lynx pull within two heading into the locker room.

The teams exchanged buckets throughout the third, as Catchings' 3-pointer with 1:21 remaining gave the Fever a 55-54 edge, but Moore responded with a three- point play before Augustus buried a triple with 3.3 ticks on the clock to send the Lynx into the final frame with a 60-55 lead.

Erlana Larkins opened the fourth with a layup to bring the Fever within 60-57, but Minnesota tallied the next 11 points -- including five from Whalen -- to grab a 71-57 lead and pull away for good.


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