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Powers scores 35, Lynx top Mercury 118-107 in 2 overtimes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Aerial Powers had career highs of 35 points and 12 rebounds, Rachel Banham added season highs of 25 points and seven assists, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 118-107 in two overtimes on Tuesday night. Kayla McBride was 9 of 9 from the free throw line and finished with 17 points for Minnesota (9-15). Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Jessica Shepard added 13 points, 12 rebounds and two steals….

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Phoenix Mercury 118-107 in two overtimes on Tuesday because to Aerial Powers’ 35 points, 12 rebounds, and season-high seven assists.

Kayla McBride scored 17 points for Minnesota by making 9 of 9 free throws (9-15). Jessica Shepard contributed 13 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, and 14 points and 14 rebounds alongside Sylvia Fowles.

With 2.1 seconds left in the first overtime, McBride sank two free throws to give the Lynx a 103-101 lead. Skylar Diggins-driving Smith’s layup following a timeout forced a second overtime.

With 3:37 remaining, Powers converted a layup, and Banham nailed her sixth and final 3-pointer to push Minnesota’s lead to 108-103.

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Phoenix’s Sophie Cunningham produced a career-high 36 points, six 3-pointers, and five steals (10-15). Diana Taurasi scored 17 points, Diggins-Smith added a season-high 32 points, and both players had 10 assists.

Taurasi drove to the hoop and made contact with Fowles before attempting a fadeaway while kicking her right leg towards Fowles’ midriff. Taurasi finished the game 5 of 23 from the field and 5 of 17 from beyond the arc. With 33 seconds remaining and Fowles clearly in pain, the Lynx called a timeout even though there was no penalty. Powers then grabbed the rebound.

The Lynx led 89-86 when Powers forced her way into the lane for a layup and Banham scored a free throw, but Cunningham’s second-chance 3-pointer with 4.0 seconds left forced overtime.

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