|1:00 PM PT2:00 PM MT3:00 PM CT4:00 PM ET20:00 GMT4:00 1:00 PM MST3:00 PM EST0:00 UAE (+1)22:0016:00 ET3:00 PM CTNaN:� , September 3, 2017
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota Attendance: 10,321
Lynx sew up No. 1 seed by beating Mystics
(TSX / STATS) -- For the second straight year, the Minnesota Lynx are the No. 1 seed in the WNBA playoffs.
Behind Renee Montgomery's hot-shooting first half, the Lynx built a double-digit lead and held the Washington Mystics at bay after that in an 86-72 win on Sunday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
With the win, Minnesota (27-7) clinched home-court advantage, finishing the regular season one game ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks, who were 81-70 winners against the Connecticut Sun on Sunday.
The Lynx and Sparks both will receive byes into the best-of-five semifinals.
The loss by Washington (18-16), coupled with Phoenix's win on Sunday dropped the Mystics into the sixth seed.
Washington trailed by double digits in the first half, but pulled within seven at halftime. The Mystics closed to within four early in the third quarter before Minnesota slowly pulled away.
Maya Moore had a game-high 26 points for the Lynx. Sylvia Fowles, probably the league's MVP favorite, had a quiet afternoon with five points and eight rebounds, well off her averages of 19.4 and 10.5 respectively.
Kristi Toliver lead Washington with 20 points.
The teams traded runs in the first half.
After the Mystics scored eight straight points to get to within two, Montgomery had a personal 9-0 run to put Minnesota up 33-22 with 6:43 to go in the second quarter.
Washington cut it to 36-33 with 4:24 to go, but the Lynx responded again, with a 13-2 run to go up by 14.
Montgomery led all scorers 18 first-half-points.
Minnesota led 51-44 at the break.
Maya Moore had 11 points in the first quarter, eight of which came during a 10-0 Lynx run that broke open a tie game.
Washington jumped out to a 7-0 lead behind a quick five points from Elena Delle Donne, the former league MVP who finished with 12 points.
Minnesota responded with a 14-5 run and took its first lead, 14-12, on a put-back by Rebekkah Brunson with 4:31 to go in the opening quarter.
This was the Lynx's last game at Xcel Energy Center. For the postseason, the team will shift to Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.
The Lynx played their home games in St. Paul this season while the Target Center in Minneapolis was being renovated.
The Lynx will now wait to see which of the fifth- through eighth-seeded teams they will face in the semifinals, beginning Sept. 12.
The Mystics host the seventh-seeded Dallas Wings in the single-elimination first round on Wednesday. With a win, Washington would play at either New York or Connecticut on Sept. 10.
Updated September 3, 2017