Fire Hold Off Lynx 75-72
Jul. 10, 2002
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ DeMya Walker had 21 points and six rebounds as the Portland Fire held off the Minnesota Lynx 75-72 Wednesday for their franchise-best seventh straight victory.
Katie Smith, with 21 points for the Lynx, surpassed the 2,000-point mark for her career the same day she was picked as a reserve to the All-Star game for the third straight year. The ninth player in league history to reach that goal, Smith now has 2,020 points in four WNBA seasons.
Tamicha Jackson had 14 points and Sylvia Crawley had 10 points and six rebounds for the Fire (11-8).
Svetlana Abrosimova had 12 of her 14 points in the second half for Minnesota, which dropped to 1-8 against the top four teams in the West. The Lynx lost their third straight and seventh conference game in a row.
Tamika Williams had 12 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota.
Trailing 37-28 at halftime, the Lynx got a pair of 3-point plays in the first three minutes of the second half and came within 40-36.
Abrosimova gave the Lynx their first lead, 66-64, since early in the first half on a layup with 3:51 left. But after Kristin Folkl's turnaround jumper with 1:03 remaining gave Portland a 72-70 lead, Abrosimova missed two free throws.
Williams couldn't grab the rebound on the second miss, and Folkl was fouled and followed with a pair of foul shots.
Minnesota made 16 turnovers in the first half and finished with 23.
Tamara Moore, who left the game with a sprained right ankle midway through the second half but later returned, finished with 12 points for Minnesota.