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The surging Minnesota Lynx are at full strength after getting Seimone Augustus back.

That doesn't bode well for the slumping Connecticut Sun, who continue to fall in the standings.

On the verge of matching their longest winning streak of the season, the visiting Lynx try to add to Connecticut's woes Sunday.

While Minnesota (19-6) officially clinched a playoff berth after Seattle lost Thursday, it kept its foot on the gas in Friday's 88-78 victory over San Antonio. Augustus posted team highs of 17 points and six assists in her first game back after missing eight with a knee injury, leading the Lynx to their sixth consecutive victory.

"The stuff that Seimone does, she does in her sleep," said coach Cheryl Reeve, whose team opened 7-0. "The behind the back, the crossover, she's been doing it so long it's really not hard, it's like riding a bike you've just to get right back to it."

All five starters scored in double figures as the Lynx shot 54.5 percent. Maya Moore, who went off for 48 points in a 112-108 double-overtime win over Atlanta three nights earlier, finished with 12 while shooting 5 of 14.

"It's good to be able to have the physical presence of all 12 members of our team," said Moore, leading the WNBA with 24.6 points per game. "It's just a matter of putting all those pieces together, and making sure that we are all continuing to focus on what we can bring to the game when it's our turn to go in."

After taking both of last year's meetings by an average of 15.0 points, Minnesota needed overtime to beat the Sun 90-87 on May 18. Moore led the way with 33 points and 12 rebounds while Augustus and Lindsay Whalen scored a combined 35. Star rookie Chiney Ogwumike had a season-high 25 points and 10 boards for Connecticut in her second game.

''They know how to finish games," Ogwumike said afterward.

Sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Sun (10-15) have followed a six-game winning streak by dropping nine of 11. Connecticut went toe-to-toe with Washington before getting outscored 30-16 in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 89-75 road defeat.

"It was a typical kind of grind-it-out game," coach Anne Donovan said. "They take the lead; we take the lead. Back and forth. Then with six minutes left, they imposed their will, and we didn't respond."

The Sun, who allowed the Mystics to shoot 50.0 percent, saw their bench outscored 24-10. Ogwumike finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Kelsey Bone and Alex Bentley scored 15 apiece. Katie Douglas had just eight, though, while shooting 3 of 10.

Connecticut is still one win away from surpassing its total from all of last year.

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