MINNEAPOLIS — Aerial Powers had 20 points as the Minnesota Lynx used a third-quarter surge to win their eighth consecutive home contest, 89-72 over the Indiana Fever on Friday night in Minneapolis.
Kayla McBride scored 15 while Sylvia Fowles added 13 points -- including her 3,000th in a Lynx uniform -- plus seven rebounds, five blocks and four steals as the playoff-bound Lynx (19-10) shot 48.6 percent to bounce back after their five-game winning streak ended with Wednesday's 102-81 loss at Las Vegas. Powers also scored 20 in that contest, and stayed hot Friday by going 8-of-14 from the field.
Tiffany Mitchell had 16 points and Jantel Lavender scored 15 with nine rebounds off the bench for the Fever (6-22), who shot 42.0 percent and committed 17 turnovers on the night while losing their third in a row.
Minnesota led by five at halftime and opened up a seven-point edge early in the third quarter. However, a 7-0 run by the Fever tied the game. The Lynx, though, regrouped and led 46-45 before going on an 11-0 run. McBride hit a key 3-pointer at the 5:52 mark of the third and Minnesota went up 57-45 on Napheesa Collier's bucket. Lavender ended the Lynx's run on her basket with 3:33 left in the third.
Five straight points from Rachel Banham helped the Lynx pull further away and take a 69-53 lead after three quarters. McBride scored the first seven of the fourth quarter to put Minnesota up by 23.
Six different Indiana players scored during a back-and-forth first quarter in which the visitors led 16-15 when it ended. However, Minnesota used an 11-4 run to close the first half and take a 39-34 lead into the break. A Bridget Carlton 3-pointer with 3:45 left in the second quarter gave the Lynx a 31-30 and kick-started that late surge.
This was the first of three games over an eight-day stretch between the Fever and Lynx. These teams will meet again Sunday at Minnesota.