Lynx-Silver Stars Preview

The Associated Press

The Minnesota Lynx's lengthy winning streak is intact following a big comeback.

The San Antonio Silver Stars have fallen apart since the franchise's longest surge.

The WNBA-leading Lynx will try to set the team's single-season record with an 11th consecutive win Sunday when the host Silver Stars look to end their season-high four-game losing streak.

Down 25 in the final minutes of the first half Friday, Minnesota (23-4) rallied for a 97-93 double-overtime win over Atlanta. It matched the largest comeback in league history, set by Detroit against Los Angeles in 2005.

"We never panicked, which is really good to see," said star forward Maya Moore, who scored 19 of her 23 points after halftime. "Usually what it comes down to is effort and focus. We had to work harder and harder and harder and know that the other team has to break at some point.

"I'm just so proud of this team with how we responded. Our hearts don't quit and we were able to pull out a big win."

Another victory Sunday would set the team record for most in a row in a single season. Minnesota's league-record 10-0 start this year helped the club set a franchise mark with 13 consecutive regular-season wins.

The Lynx, four games ahead of the second-place Sparks and six up on San Antonio (17-10), would move closer to clinching the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a third victory over San Antonio this season.

Minnesota won both home matchups - 83-79 on June 3 and 96-84 in OT on Aug. 28 - but the Silver Stars posted a 93-84 victory July 1 that ended a seven-game regular-season skid in this series.

It was the first meeting in San Antonio since the Silver Stars' 84-75 victory in Game 2 of the 2011 West semifinals - Minnesota's only postseason defeat en route to its first WNBA title.

The defending champs open a stretch of six of seven on the road by facing a San Antonio team that's dropped five of six since a franchise-record 12-game winning streak.

The Silver Stars were in position to return to the win column Friday but were outscored 22-13 in the final five-plus minutes of an 82-78 loss to Indiana.

"The first half I felt offensively we scored well," said coach Dan Hughes, whose team has lost two in a row at home following nine straight wins in San Antonio. "Then in the second half there was a lot more defense involved."

The Silver Stars are allowing 89.0 points per game during their skid - 11.7 more than their season average.

The Lynx have raised their league-best scoring average to 87.8 by averaging 92.0 since their last defeat.