Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Washington Mystics 29 18 17 19 83
Minnesota Lynx 19 26 24 24 93
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CTNaN:� , September 14, 2017
Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 9,033

Fowles leads Lynx past Mystics with MVP performance

(TSX / STATS) -- Sylvia Fowles was introduced Thursday as the WNBA's 2017 MVP. Later that evening, she showed the crowd at Williams Arena why.

Minnesota's 6-foot-6 center scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Lynx beat the Washington Mystics 93-83 on Thursday in Minneapolis to take a 2-0 lead in a WNBA semifinal series.

Maya Moore scored to cap a 9-0 run that gave Minnesota its biggest lead at 82-75 with 2:26 to go. The surge began when Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen re-entered the game with 4:45 remaining. Whalen iced it with 38 seconds left on a layup that put the Lynx up 10.

It was another double-digit win, but this one bore little resemblance to Minnesota's easy victory in Game 1.

Washington led by as many as 10 in the first half and eight early in the third quarter. Minnesota closed the third quarter on an 8-1 run to take a 69-64 lead, its biggest since the 8:15 mark of the first quarter. Washington started the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run to retake the lead.

Whalen had nine points and seven assists for Minnesota, and Moore added 22 points. Seimone Augustus scored 15 for the Lynx, and Rebekkah Brunson had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Kristi Tolliver bounced back from a three-point performance Tuesday. She and Elena Delle Donne each had 25 points for Washington.

After falling behind by 10 in the first 10 minutes, the Lynx opened the second quarter with a 14-4 run to tie it at 33. Minnesota made 12 of 16 shots in the second half and retook the lead 45-44 with 1:14 to go in the half.

However, Tolliver completed a three-point play to put Washington up 47-45 at halftime.

Tolliver and Delle Donne each scored 13 for the Mystics before the break.

Fowles led Minnesota with 16 first-half points on 8-of-10 shooting.

The series shifts to Washington for Game 3 on Sunday.

Updated September 14, 2017