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Lynx lose first game of season, falling 81-66 to Mercury

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The Lynx lost their first game of the season, 81-66 to the Mercury in Phoenix Sunday afternoon, after a three-minute scoreless streak in the third quarter allowed the Mercury to get ahead by as much as 17 points.

It's the first time the two teams have played since last year's playoffs, when Phoenix dethroned the Lynx as the Western Conference champions, according to

The win marked the 22nd consecutive home victory for the Mercury, the Associated Press reports.

Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus each put up 17 points for the Lynx, while DeWanna Bonner led the Mercury with 22. Lindsay Whalen added 13 points for Minnesota.

The Lynx went 0-9 on 3-point attempts, while shooting 35.8 percent in field goal attempts.

The Lynx have lost their first game of the season but still lead the WNBA in points and rebounds per game.

Next up, the Lynx travel to Los Angeles to play the Sparks Tuesday at the Staples Center. Game starts at 9:30 p.m.

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