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Moore hits 5 late free throws to lift Lynx

Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) moves the ball against Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) during the WNBA Finals last year at Staples Center. Gary A. Vasquez/ USA TODAY Sports file photo

MINNEAPOLIS --Facing the prospect of a tough stretch coming out of the WNBA all-star -break, the Minnesota Lynx struggled much of Tuesday night but enter the time off on a high note.

Sylvia Fowles scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds, Maya Moore made five late free throws and the Lynx beat New York 85-82 for their third straight win.

Fowles has a league-high 15 double-doubles and eight games this season with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Fowles, Moore and Seimone Augustus will represent the team in Saturday's All-Star Game at Target Center.

Augustus finished with 14 points and a season-high five assists; Moore, who scored 38 points in Saturday's win in Phoenix, finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. She was 3 of 15 from the field, but 6 for 7 on free throws.

With the score tied at 80, Moore missed a jumper with 18 seconds left but got her own rebound and was fouled. She made both free throws, and, after a timeout, Rebekkah Brunson blocked a shot from Sugar Rodgers.

Moore made another free throw with 6.5 ticks left for a three-point lead. Tina Charles made two free throws to get the Liberty within one less than three seconds later, but Moore made two more after a foul.

A jumper from Brunson and runner by Augustus put Minnesota up 78-73 with three minutes left. Augustus scored again to put the Lynx up 80-77 with 1:25 left before former Gopher Amanda Zahui B tied it with 41.7 seconds to go.

Charles, New York's only all-star, scored 32 points, including 21 in the first half.

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