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Lynx rally to beat Mercury 82-77, force deciding Game 3

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The Minnesota Lynx came from behind to beat the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 Sunday afternoon at Target Center and even their best-of-three series in the WNBA Western Conference playoffs.

Maya Moore led the Lynx with 32 points, after being held to just 9 in their Friday night loss to Phoenix.

The Lynx were behind almost from the get-go, and needed a furious rally in the fourth quarter to get the win. They were down 22-9 after the first quarter, then pulled to within eight at halftime and within six entering the fourth.

Moore scored 13 in the fourth quarter, and Seimone Augustus scored nine of her 23 points in the final period, including a clutch basket that put the Lynx ahead for good, according to WNBA.com.

Tied at 75 with 23.3 seconds left, Augustus hit a 15-foot jumper and was fouled by DeWanna Bonner. Augustus converted the three-point play, and after Candice Dupree missed a 15-footer on the other end, Moore hit two free throws to put the game away for Minnesota.

“It's all or nothing,” Augustus said after the game, according to WNBA.com. “There is no tomorrow if we don't win. So at that point it was kind of full steam ahead, put our shoulders back, our chin up, and go get that win.”

Lindsay Whalen had 17 points, 15 of them in the first half, to keep the Lynx alive early in the game.

Diana Taurasi led the scoring for Phoenix with 23 points. Candice Dupree had 18 and center Brittney Griner had 14 points.

The two teams meet in the deciding game 3 on Tuesday night in Phoenix.

Minnesota is the defending WNBA champion and three-time Western Conference champion. Phoenix has the best record in the league this season.

Before the game, Little League pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis had a chance to meet players from both teams, including Mercury star Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore.

The 13-year-old star pitcher from Philadelphia was the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series and the first to win a game as a pitcher. Davis captured a lot of hearts while leading the East Region champion Philadelphia Taney Dragons on an entertaining ride through the Little League World Series, according to the Associated Press.

She is also a good basketball player, and says her dream is to play for UConn and then eventually in the WNBA.

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