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Minnesota evens WNBA finals at one as series heads to Indiana

Devereaux Peters #14 of the Minnesota Lynx celebrates

Devereaux Peters #14 of the Minnesota Lynx celebrates taking control of the ball as Erlana Larkins #2 of the Indiana Fever helps teammate Briann January #20 off the floor during the fourth quarter in Game Two of the 2015 WNBA Finals on October 6, 2015 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lynx defeated the Fever 77-71. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Hannah Foslien

MINNEAPOLIS -- And now it's a series.

Beaten on their home court Sunday in Game 1 of the WNBA finals, the Lynx officially joined the fray Tuesday at Target Center, taking the game over with a 20-7 run to end the third quarter en route to a 77-71 victory over Indiana that tied the best-of-five series at a win apiece.

And while there was better balance from the Lynx in Game 2, it was still, mainly, a two-player attack. Center Sylvia Fowles scored 21 points with nine rebounds on her 30th birthday, keeping the Lynx going in the early going when the rest of the Lynx starters struggled. And then Maya Moore joined in, scoring 14 of her 19 points in the second half, as the Lynx turned up the intensity and pressure in front of 12,134 fans. The Lynx improved to 19-2 in home playoff games under coach Cheryl Reeve.

Game 3 is Friday in Indianapolis.

The game was intense -- and physical -- from the beginning with several players in foul trouble.

Fowles sustained a bloodied nose. Shenise Jonson was dazed by an elbow late in the game, and the only call was a technical on Indiana coach Stephanie White for screaming about it.

Seimone Augustus scored 11 points for the Lynx, Lindsay Whalen had eight points and four assists, and the addition of Renee Montgomery into the rotation improved the Lynx's perimeter defense, leading in large part to the team's second-half surge.

Briann January had 17 points and x assists. Tamika Catchings, battling foul trouble all night, scored 11with nine rebounds. Marissa Coleman had 10.

Up 67-61 early in the fourth, the Lynx let the Fever claw back. January scored on a drive. Then Catchings was fouled and made two free throws with 6:03 left and it was a two-point game.

But Moore scored. Moments later, after the technical on White, Moore hit the free throw for a five-point lead with 2:49 left.

Suddenly it was the Fever offense that couldn't get a shot off, with the Lynx forcing several turnovers down the stretch. Anna Cruz hit two free throws with 27.4 seconds left to push the Lynx lead to five, then she got the rebound of Catchings' miss at the other end to seal the win.

With the exception of Fowles, the Lynx did not come out ready to play in the first quarter. Down two early, the Fever, with Coleman hitting two 3-pointers, went on a 16-4 run to take an 18-4 lead on January's basket.

Fowles had 10 points and four rebounds in the first quarter. That included two buckets in the post as the Lynx finished the quarter on a 12-6 run to pull within four entering the second quarter.

The Lynx grabbed a lead late in the half, but a four-point play by backup guard Maggie Lucas put the Fever up 31-39 at the half.

The first half of the third quarter was all Catchings, who had nine points before picking up her fifth foul with 4:13 left. The Fever built a 52-43 lead on Shavonte Zellous' basket.

But the Lynx responded with a 13-2 run -- with Fowles scoring five, Moore four -- to go up 56-54 after Moore stole the ball and fed Augustus on the break with 3:51 left in the quarter.

Moments later, up a point, Augustus made one of two free throws. Moore got the rebound of the miss and fed Fowles for a 61-57 lead.

With 1:16 left in the quarter, January made two free throws. But Anna Cruz scored the final basket of the half on a drive, giving the Lynx -- who finished the quarter on a 20-7 run -- a 63-59 lead entering the fourth.

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