Nurse, Durr lead Liberty past Lynx
NEW YORK -- Kia Nurse scored 26 points, and rookie Asia Durr added 20 to lead the New York Liberty to a 75-69 home win over the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday, June 12.
After losing 17 straight games, the third-longest skid in WNBA history, the Liberty now have won two straight.
Starting for Bria Hartley -- who left the team to play for France at the EuroBasket tournament -- Nurse went 9 of 15 from the field and made 4 of 9 from beyond the arc.
Durr, the second overall pick in the draft, was back in the lineup after missing Sunday's win over Las Vegas. She went 7 of 10 in the first half to help the Liberty open up a 29-14 lead.
Tina Charles, the league's second-leading scorer, finished with 12 points and eight boards, while Amanda Zahui B recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Minnesota was led by Sylvia Fowles, who scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Odyssey Sims added 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The Lynx struggled from the field, shooting under 30 percent in the first half. Minnesota missed its first 12 shots from beyond the arc before Danielle Robinson connected to pull theLynx within nine at 29-20.
But once again turnovers plagued the Lynx, who committed nine in the first half and 21 in the game.
They led early, with Fowles scoring the first two baskets of the game for Minnesota. Brittany Boyd's layup, her only basket of the game, put the Liberty up at the 7:37 mark of the first for good.
After trailing by 15, the Lynx chipped away behind Fowles, Robinson and Sims. Minnesota outscored New York 22-17 in the third to narrow the deficit to 55-50.
Stephanie Talbot's 26-foot 3-pointer early in the fourth cut the New York lead to 55-53. But Nurse answered with six straight points to push the lead back to eight, and the Lynx were never within one possession in the final minutes.