MINNEAPOLIS -- All five starters scored in double figures Sunday night, Aug. 25, as the Minnesota Lynx took a big step toward clinching a playoff spot with a 98-77 thumping of the Las Vegas Aces at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Napheesa Collier and Danielle Robinson each pumped in a game-high 23 points for Minnesota (15-15), which finished the game at 58.8 percent from the field. Sylvia Fowles scored 14 points, while Damiris Dantas chipped in 11 and Odyssey Sims hit for 10.
Jackie Young scored 14 points and Liz Cambage netted 12 to pace Las Vegas (19-11), but little went right for the Aces after they rallied from a 15-point first-quarter deficit to take the lead in the second quarter. A'ja Wilson and Sugar Rodgers each added 11 points and Dearica Hamby came off the bench to tally 10.
The Lynx drew 27 assists on 40 made field goals in an extremely efficient performance, committing just 10 turnovers. They also hit 12 of 13 free throws. Their starting lineup scored all but 17 of their points.
Las Vegas made just 42 percent of its field-goal attempts as it failed to polish off a season sweep of Minnesota. The Aces were outboarded 29-27 and coughed up 15 turnovers.
The Lynx put their stamp on the game right away with a 12-2 run in the first 3:20 and upped that advantage to 25-10 before settling for a 29-18 lead as Sims converted a driving layup just before the first-quarter horn.
Las Vegas' one stretch of excellence erased its big early deficit. When Wilson hit a foul shot with 2:50 remaining in the first half, it capped a 22-7 spurt that gave the Aces a 40-36 advantage. However, Robinson's 3-point play with 30 seconds left enabled Minnesota to take a 45-43 edge to halftime.
The Lynx buried Las Vegas in the first 8:48 of the third quarter, increasing the margin to 73-54 after Sims sank a pair of foul shots. They settled for a 73-58 advantage going to the fourth period.