Sky lose for first time since Delle Donne's return

The Sky fell to 13-17 and lost for the first time since the return of star Elena Delle Donne.

The Minnesota Lynx survived a strong second-half rally by the visiting Chicago Sky to extend their winning streak to 11 straight games Thursday night with a 74-64 victory at the Target Center, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Minnesota improved to 24-6 and the 11-game winning streak ties the second longest in franchise history (the previous 11-game streak occurred from July 10, 2012 to Sept. 9, 2012). The Sky fell to 13-17 and lost for the first time since the return of star Elena Delle Donne, who missed more than a month while recovering from Lyme Disease.

Maya Moore led Minnesota with 17 points, including what resulted in the game-winning basket with 1:17 left to play. Lindsay Whalen added 14 points for the Lynx, including nine in the fourth quarter. The Sky were led by Allison Quigley, who scored a game-high 20, and Epiphanny Prince chipped in with 18, 14 coming in the second half.

There were 16 lead changes in the second half. But Moore's desperation heave as the shot clock was winding down with 1:17 left in the game was the last lead change, giving the Lynx a 65-64 lead. Minnesota closed the game with an 11-0 run.

The Sky scored the first nine points of the second half to take their first lead, 31-30, on a Sylvia Fowles layup with 8:22 left in the third quarter. Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson finally stopped an 18-3 Sky run that stretched from late in the second quarter until 7:37 remaining in the third.

Minnesota took a 30-24 lead into halftime. The Lynx never trailed over the first two quarters, leading by as much as 27-15 with 4:28 left in the half. Neither team, however, shot well in the half. The Sky managed to stay within six, despite shooting 24 percent (10-for-41).

Delle Donne, coming off the bench, was shut out in the first half and finished with two points on 1-for-7 shooting.

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