Lynx 71, Shock 63
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Katie Smith scored a career- and team-record 40 points as the Minnesota Lynx beat the Detroit Shock 71-63 Sunday night.
Smith and Cynthia Cooper are the only players to score 40 or more points in a WNBA game. Cooper, who played with Houston and is the coach of the Phoenix Mercury, scored 44 and 42 points while with the Comets.
The Lynx (2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 3- against Detroit. The Shock had its three-game winning streak halted.
Smith had five 3-pointers in the first half and single-handedly outscored the Shock 21-20.
Minnesota shot 7-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half and 50 percent overall while building a 38-20 lead by the break.
The Shock opened the second half with a 27-13 run, closing within 51-47 with 10:12 remaining. Carla Boyd scored nine points in the outburst.
Minnesota countered with a 9-2 run, increasing its lead to 60-49 with 7:36 left. Smith scored five points in the surge.
Minnesota guard Betty Lennox left the game with an injured left hamstring at 15:39 of the second half.
Lennox collapsed while dribbling the ball up the court. She was carried off the court, and did not return to play.
Boyd scored 14 points to lead the Shock. Barbara Farris added a career-high 12 points.