Lynx lose to Mercury, off to worst start in 8 years

With four championships since 2011, this feels like new territory.
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A three-headed attacked was too much for the Minnesota Lynx to overcome as they lost at home to the Phoenix Mercury, 95-85 Friday night. 

The loss snaps Minnesota's 14-game winning streak against the Mercury. 

Diana Taurasi led Phoenix with 29 points while DaWanna Bonner added 25 and Britney Griner scored 21 to go along with nine rebounds and three blocks. 

The loss drops Minnesota to 2-4, their worst start to a season since they began the 2010 season 2-9. It's also their first three-game losing streak since dropping three consecutive in June of 2016, but that came immediately after they set a team record by winning 13 in a row to start the season. 

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This is the first time since drafting Maya Moore first overall in 2011 that the Lynx have reached four losses earlier than June 18. Date of Minnesota's fourth loss the last seven seasons. 

  • 2017: August 11
  • 2016: July 7
  • 2015: July 22
  • 2014: June 18
  • 2013: Aug. 8
  • 2012: July 7
  • 2011: July 13

Moore led Minnesota with 25 points while four others reached double figures: Sylvia Fowles (16), Tanisha Wright (15), Seimone Augustus (12), Rebekkah Brunson (10). 

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