MINNEAPOLIS -- In a bout that finally lived up to its billing, the Minnesota Lynx relied upon their most constant imposition.
The helping hand of Lindsay Whalen.
The WNBA's all-time No. 3 assists facilitator dished out a career-high and franchise-record-tying 14 of them Wednesday at the Target Center, sending crisp passes through minute windows in Los Angeles' long, athletic defense. Half of them found Seimone Augustus on the other end, and the pair helped Minnesota gain a stranglehold on the Western Conference's top playoff seed with an 83-74 victory.
"It just happened like that," said Augustus, who led the Lynx with 23 points. "We didn't even know she had 14 assists until coach came in here and told us. That was just the flow of the game; that's how great it felt being out there with the looks that she was able to give me."
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