Augustus comes alive for Lynx at crucial moment

It doesn’t take long for Maya Moore to recognize when teammate Seimone Augustus has found her groove. Moore says Augustus’ nostrils flare and she has “that look in her eye.”

And to think, if at least one team had its way, Augustus never would have been there for the Lynx in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night, when her fourth-quarter scoring flurry helped Minnesota turn back a rally by the Los Angeles Sparks and even the best-of-five series at one game apiece. Game 3 comes tomorrow night with the series shifting to Los Angeles.

The Lynx are two wins away from becoming the first back-to-back champions since 2002. It would also give Minnesota its fourth title overall, which would be tied with the Houston Comets for most in league history.

The Lynx are making their fifth WNBA finals appearance in six years. They are a team packed with All-Stars, including four Olympians for Team USA that have shared the spotlight and watched their individual statistics dip in deference to group success.

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