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WNBA: Lynx open playoffs Friday

MINNEAPOLIS - The top-seeded Minnesota Lynx will open the Western Conference semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Target Center against the Los Angeles Sparks.

MINNEAPOLIS - The top-seeded Minnesota Lynx will open the Western Conference semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Target Center against the Los Angeles Sparks.

The series schedule:

Game 1, Friday, Sept. 18, Minneapolis, 8 p.m., NBATV

Game 2, Sunday, Sept. 20, Los Angeles, 2 p.m., ESPN

Game 3, Tuesday, Sept. 22, Minneapolis, TBA, ESPN2, if necessary

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Friday night in Seattle, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 16 points as the Storm beat the Lynx 78-64 in Minnesota's final regular-season game.

Minnesota was without regulars Seimone Augustus (left foot), Maya Moore (resting) and Lindsay Whalen (right Achilles' tendon), all of whom did not travel with the Lynx with their playoff spot as the West's top seed already secured for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

Jewell Loyd scored 14 points, Angel Goodrich had 11 and Markeisha Gatling added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Seattle (10-23).

Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx (22-12) with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Renee Montgomery added 13 points and Asjha Jones 11.

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