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Moore shines again in Lynx win over Shock

Minnesota forward Maya Moore stuck to her strength of attacking the basket against the shot, often running through the lane or baseline for a point-blank shot. Moore hit 12 of 21 attempts in Thursday's game.
Minnesota forward Maya Moore stuck to her strength of attacking the basket against the shot, often running through the lane or baseline for a point-blank shot. Moore hit 12 of 21 attempts in Thursday's game.
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Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore rarely takes a shot outside of her liking. However, unlike most volume shooters, her shot selection usually proves brutal for the opponent.

Thursday night was another example as Moore posted 33 points and 11 rebounds in a 91-85 win over the Tulsa Shock at BOK Center. Moore collected her eighth game this season with 30 points or more and her sixth double-double. The fourth-year veteran is two games away from matching the WNBA record for most 30-point games in a season, set by Diana Taurasi in 2008.

Lindsay Whalen was close to setting a mark of her own, earning 21 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. She was just shy of her first career triple-double and the first for a Lynx player since 2005.

Individual accolades aside, Minnesota (15-6) slugged another win to keep chase with Phoenix for first place in the Western Conference. They are technically one game out of the lead, but they have played four more games than Phoenix.

Moore put on a torrid first quarter, scoring 15 points, but the Lynx never broke free from the Shock (7-13) despite an impressive 55 percent field goal accuracy. Their largest lead at any point in the game was eight, and Tulsa reeled in every deficit, particularly when Whalen was resting on the bench.

Minnesota re-asserted control when their coveted point guard took the floor, while Tulsa was unable to take the lead despite multiple chances. In the second half, the Shock came up empty in six possessions when they were tied or trailing by one.

At the other end, the Lynx were more effective at limiting offensive rebounds while providing a few of their own. Devereaux Peters was at the forefront of the improvements, getting seven rebounds and six assists.

Moore continued her fearsome inside game in the fourth, scoring 10 points on lay-ups, including a few crucial baskets in the closing minutes of regulation.

Tulsa was led by Skylar Diggins with 21 points and a career-high 12 assists. Glory Johnson added 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Minnesota begins a four-game home stand on Sunday, when they host Seattle. Following the game, the Lynx will host their annual Faith and Family Night event.