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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Rebekkah Brunson scored 19 points and Lindsay Whalen added 17 to help the Minnesota Lynx overcome a poor performance by Maya Moore and beat the Tulsa Shock 83-74 on Friday night.

Moore, who came in leading the WNBA with 22.3 points per game, was held to just 10 on 4-of-12 shooting. Seimone Augustus chipped in with 11 points for Minnesota, which improved to 4-1.

``For sure, we do like when we can take some pressure off Maya,'' Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. ``It's what we do as a team.''

Glory Johnson led the Shock (1-6) with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Candace Wiggins scored 18 and played shutdown defense on Moore.

``Very rarely did Maya have a pass that led to a layup,'' Reeve said. ``Credit Tulsa's defense.''

Riquna Williams scored 16 points for Tulsa and Nicole Powell added 10.

``We had some communication breakdowns and the way they shoot you have to contest them,'' Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said. ``We've had three- or four-minute spans when we sort of go into a funk offensively. You can't do that against this team.''

The Lynx took a 39-35 lead at the break and pushed it to 66-53 heading into the fourth quarter before holding off a late rally.

Minnesota outrebounded Tulsa 48-30. Brunson did a majority of the damage with 13, nine on the defensive side.

``Brunson, she's just a monster,'' Kloppenburg said. ``The key is keeping them off the glass and she is just so good at going around a player to the rim. Holding Maya to 10 points is nice, but they have so many weapons.''

Tulsa rookie Skylar Diggins, the third pick in this year's draft, was 1-of-6 from the field and scored her only basket with 3:47 left in the game.

The Associated Press News Service

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