Seattle beats the Lynx 96-69 in Sylvia Fowles' last regular-season home game, but the Lynx don't play well and lose.

The Lynx lost by a lot at home as they tried to get one of the last spots in the WNBA playoffs.

Given how emotional the night was, how important the game was, and how badly the Minnesota Lynx wanted to get into the WNBA playoffs,

it's hard to explain what happened at the start of their game with Seattle at Target Center on Friday night. And yet, it was there:

Offensive dysfunction, turnovers, sketchy defence. A 20-point deficit before the 10th minute of the game.

The Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 96-69 in Sylvia Fowles' last regular-season home game. The game was in front of an announced 12,134 fans,

and Fowles was going to be honoured after the game. This made the rest of the night sad. When the buzzer for the end of the first quarter went off,

this game was pretty much over. At that point, Jewell Loyd and Tina Charles had scored as many points as or more than the Lynx on their own.

The Storm had scored as many points off of turnovers as the Lynx had scored overall. And it didn't get better.

With the loss, the Lynx fell to 14-21 and will almost certainly need to win Sunday's season finale in Connecticut to have a chance at making the playoffs for the 12th straight year.

The Lynx never got closer after falling behind by 12 points with only three minutes left. The Storm's Charles finished with 23 points and nine boards (22-13).

Loyd scored 21 and Breanna Stewart scored 16. Seattle made 52.8% of its shots overall and 12 of its 27 three-pointers. The Storm won by a score of 42-26 in the paint and 20-4 on the fast break.

They scored 21 points off of 14 Lynx turnovers. Fowles finished the game with 13 points and 12 rebounds, which was only right.

Bridget Carleton (11) and Aerial Powers (18) both scored 10 or more points after coming off the bench. With two minutes left in the fourth quarter,

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve took Fowles out of the game. The crowd stood up and cheered. After Fowles got back to the bench, she hugged Reeve and Rebekkah Brunson, 

who was an assistant coach and a former teammate. But the Lynx only shot 36.5% and made only 4 of 13 3-point shots.

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