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Storm vs. Lynx final score: Minnesota defeats Seattle in deciding game, 73-72

The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Seattle Storm 73-72 on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference Finals. The Storm had a chance to win the deciding game in the final seconds, but forward Lauren Jackson's turnaround jumper clanged off the rim.

Seimone Augustus led the Lynx with 21 points on 8-15 shooting on the field -- she also added four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Forward Maya Moore was right behind Augustus with 20 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists. Rebekkah Brunson was the third member of the Lynx in double digits, with 16 points to go along with a team leading nine rebounds.

The game was close to dead even for much of the game, with the Storm even tying the game on a Jackson jumper with 7:15 left in the fourth quarter. But the Lynx never relinquished the lead, eventually hanging on for a hard-won victory.

The Lynx will face the Los Angeles Sparks, who swept their division series, in the West finals.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.