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After suffering their worst loss in nearly two years, the Minnesota Lynx are surely looking forward to getting back home.

The Shock, meanwhile, are coming off their most lopsided victory since relocating to Tulsa in 2010.

Looking to stay unbeaten at Target Center, Minnesota tries for a 13th consecutive victory over the Shock on Sunday night

The Lynx (5-2) entered Friday averaging a WNBA-leading 86.5 points before getting blown out 87-59 at Los Angeles. Minnesota's starting five was limited to 17 points on 7-of-25 shooting, suffering its most lopsided defeat since falling 108-79 at Connecticut on Aug. 16, 2011.

The Lynx, who were outrebounded 43-31 and outscored 38-28 in the paint, also gave up 24 points off 17 turnovers.

"I think we got outhustled, pretty much the whole game," guard Lindsay Whalen said. "The second team went and did some really good things and made a lot of things happen. We just got outhustled and ended up taking bad shots on offense and then that kind of put our defense in a hard position. It wasn't our night."

The Lynx, though, have to be feeling good about getting back home, where they've outscored opponents by an average of 17.0 points in opening 3-0. A matchup against the Shock (3-7) could help, too.

Since falling 92-79 at Tulsa on June 4, 2010, Minnesota has taken 12 consecutive meetings in the series. Rebekkah Brunson scored 19 points and Whalen added 17 as the Lynx won 83-74 at Tulsa last Friday, holding a 48-30 edge on the glass and limiting the Shock to 38.0 percent shooting.

"We've had three- or four-minute spans when we sort of go into a funk offensively," Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "You can't do that against this team."

Tulsa, though, is coming off back-to-back wins for the first time, beating Chicago 83-74 on Thursday and Seattle 92-70 on Saturday. The Shock took a 23-12 lead into the second quarter against the Storm and never looked back.

"Once we got them down, we felt like we wanted to put the hammer down," Kloppenburg said. "We wanted to keep the pressure on from the beginning of the game all the way until the end. Tonight was very rewarding. This franchise has faced some adversity and it's nice to have some nights like this."

Roneeka Hodges was one of six players to score in double figures, posting a team-high 19 points off the bench. Glory Johnson scored 14 to go along with 12 rebounds.

"I think we all felt comfortable," said Hodges, whose team shot 50.0 percent. "We're finding who we're going to be as a team. We're doing the little things right and things are starting to come along. Everyone stuck to their roles tonight and we showed we can compete with the better teams in the league."

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