Dupree, Larkins lift Fever to 84-82 win over Lynx

August 7, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Candice Dupree scored a season-high 31 points and Erlana Larkins made a putback with 8.2 seconds left as the Indiana Fever beat the WNBA-leading Minnesota Lynx 84-82 on Sunday night to end a five-game losing streak.

Dupree made a career-high 15 field goals on 21 attempts and Briann January scored had 14 points and six assists for Indiana, which is in last place in the Eastern conference with nine wins and 17 losses.

Dupree and Jazmon Gwathmey hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 14-2 run that gave the Fever a 70-64 lead when Dupree made a layup with 5:22 to play. Maya Moore scored eight points over the next four minutes to help the Lynx tie it before January hit a pull-up jumper to make it 79-77 with 1:11 to play.

Moore made two free throws and Dupree knocked down a jumper before Seimone Augustus hit a 3-pointer that gave Minnesota an 82-81 lead with 24 seconds remaining. Moore blocked a 3-point attempt by Marissa Coleman, but Larkins caught the ball in midair and laid it in to put Indiana in front for good. After Augustus air-balled a jumper, January made 1 of 2 free throws with 0.2 seconds left.

Moore led the Lynx (20-3) with 28 points, Augustus scored 16 and Rebekkah Brunson added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The loss ended a run of seven wins for the Lynx, who lead the league with 20 wins and just three defeats.

In other games Sunday, the Wings beat the Sparks 85-79 and the Mystics had an 85-80 win over the Mercury.

At Arlington, Texas, Glory Johnson had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Karima Christmas-Kelly scored 17 points as Dallas upstaged the second-place Sparks.

Skylar Diggins-Smith had eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter and Aerial Powers finished with 12 for Dallas.

Johnson hit a short jumper to give the Wings the lead for good and spark a 10-2 run that made it 81-73 when Diggins-Smith made a layup after a steal by Theresa Plaisance. Chelsea Gray hit two free throws to trim L.A.’s deficit to 83-79 with 35 seconds left, but Diggins-Smith answered with two foul shots nine seconds later to seal it.

At Washington, Kristi Toliver had 20 points, including four in the final 14 seconds, and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a season-high 17 to help the short-handed Mystics beat the Mercury.

Emma Meesseman added 15 points, Tianna Hawkins scored 10 and Krystal Thomas had 16 rebounds for Washington (15-10). The Mystics were without Tayler Hill, Natasha Cloud and Elena Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA MVP who averages a team-high 18.8 points per game.