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Mercury hand Lynx their first home loss this season

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The Minnesota Lynx lost their first home game of the season Sunday afternoon at the hands of the Phoenix Mercury, 80-72, WNBA.com reports. It was the Lynx' first home game in more than two weeks, and their second straight loss after falling to the Atlanta Dream on Friday night.

Led by Diana Taurasi, the Mercury defeated Minnesota for the first time since 2011 — a streak spanning 10 regular season and four playoff games, the Associated Press reports.

Taurasi had 21 points and 11 assists and Candice Dupree had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Brittney Griner added 14 points for the Mercury (7-3).

Phoenix caught the Lynx at the right time Sunday, since Minnesota (8-3) is in a bit of a slump. The team has lost three of its past four games after starting 7-0 on the season.

Maya Moore led the Lynx with 14 points, but continued her brief slump with just two points in the final 20 minutes.

Moore has averaged just more than 13 points per game in June after setting the WNBA record with four straight games of 30 or more points in May. She’s averaging 22.7 points per game this season.

The Lynx trailed 50-31 at halftime, but got a second-half spark from guard Tan White, who had 11 of her 13 points in the period. Minnesota got within single digits in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to pull out a victory, according to the Associated Press.

“This is definitely something we have to get ourselves out of," said Maya Moore after the game, according to WNBA.com. "We’ve got to change the momentum that our team’s in right now, and we have a long week. We have several opportunities to get that done, so that’s where our focus is going to be.”

The Lynx play four games over the next seven days -- two of them on the road. On Tuesday Minnesota is in Los Angeles to play the Sparks. Then they head to Phoenix to face the Mercury on Wednesday evening before coming back home to Minneapolis for two home games on Friday night and Sunday night.

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