Lynx hold off determined Mystics, 93-83

Maya Moore goes up to block Kristi Toliver's shot. Photo by  Brian Few Jr./T.G.Sportstv1.
Maya Moore goes up to block Kristi Toliver’s shot. Photo by Brian Few Jr./T.G.Sportstv1.

Minneapolis – The Minnesota Lynx pulled away in the fourth quarter from an upset-minded Washington Mystics, 93-83, Thursday to take a 2-0 series lead in the WNBA playoff semifinals.

Sylvia Fowles, who was crowned regular-season MVP before the game, led the Lynx with 25 points, while Maya Moore added 22 and Seimone Augustus, 15.

After a neck-and-neck match up most of the way, the Mystics led by two points with 4:45 remaining. Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve then inserted point guard Lindsay Whalen, who missed a month of play with a broken hand, back into the lineup. Whalen ignited a 20-8 run to send the Lynx past their opponents in front of a sold-out crowd.

Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver each scored 25 points for Washington.

The two teams face off in game three Sunday on the Mystics home court.