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Maya Moore's late free throws were the difference in the Minnesota Lynx's narrow victory over the Tulsa Shock in May.

Now, her Western Conference All-Star teammate Skylar Diggins will try to help the scuffling Tulsa Shock avenge that defeat.

Minnesota travels to Tulsa on Thursday night in a matchup of the league's top two scorers.

Moore was announced Tuesday as the leading vote-getter for next Saturday's All-Star Game, earning her third selection.

She leads the league with a career-best 23.2 points per game and comes off a strong performance Tuesday for the Lynx (14-6), scoring 30 in an 83-72 home win over Los Angeles. She tallied 16 of her points in the final quarter, helping Minnesota erase a three-point deficit.

Moore could again carry more of the scoring burden with the possible absence of second-leading scorer Seimone Augustus (17.2 ppg). She missed her fourth straight game with left knee bursitis, and her status for Wednesday's contest is unknown.

Moore was 1 for 7 from 3-point range Tuesday but 7 of 7 from the free-throw line.

"Way too much Maya Moore in the fourth quarter," opposing coach Carol Ross said. "We didn't have an answer and that's when you've got to be at your best. Great players rise up in fourth quarters and big moments, and I thought she hit some very timely shots."

Moore scored a career-best 38 on 13-of-21 shooting, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range, pulled down 13 rebounds and converted the go-ahead free throws with 11.8 seconds left in a 94-93 victory at Tulsa on May 23. Diggins, who had 21 points and five assists, missed a 3-point shot on Tulsa's final possession.

Diggins, who is averaging 25.8 points over her last eight games and 21.3 per game overall, was selected Tuesday to her first All-Star game despite her team's struggles.

The Shock (7-12) own the West's worst record and are looking to end a four-game home skid. They lost for the fifth time in six games overall Tuesday, falling 78-76 to Indiana - their fourth defeat by three points or fewer in that stretch.

Diggins tallied 23 points and hit all 12 of her free throws but Tamika Catchings made a go-ahead layup with 5.2 seconds left.

"At the start of the fourth quarter, we were trying to be aggressive. It really was desperation time for us," Diggins said. "I was trying to attack and get to the free throw line. No matter how much we were behind, I just kept attacking."

Minnesota will be looking to improve on the glass after being outrebounded 20-1 on the offensive end. Tulsa is one of the league's better rebounding teams with a plus-1.8 margin per game.

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