Maya Moore scored 22 points and the Minnesota Lynx pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Tulsa Shock 83-59 and clinch a playoff spot at the earliest point in franchise history.
Lindsay Whalen had 15 points and Seimone Augustus 14 for Minnesota (17-4), which won its fourth straight. The defending champion Lynx didn't clinch a postseason berth until their 26th game last season.
Whalen also had four assists to pass Katie Smith for the franchise lead with 498.
Glory Johnson led Tulsa (3-17) with 17 points. The Shock have lost four straight overall and remain winless in eight road games this season. Five of Tulsa's next seven games are away from home.
Minnesota, which has beaten the Shock four times this year by an average of 20 points, shot 50 percent from the field and had a 38-27 edge in rebounding. This was the third meeting in four games between the teams, who also played a home-and-home series before the Olympic break.
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