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After slumping earlier this month, the Minnesota Lynx appear to be back on track despite a sloppy performance in their last victory.

They'd sure like to get a win back against the Western Conference's worst club.

On Friday night, Minnesota looks to avenge a loss from three weeks ago when it visits the last-place Seattle Storm.

The Lynx (11-4) claimed an 83-77 home win over Indiana Sunday, their third in four games after they followed 7-0 start with a 1-3 stretch.

That slump started with a 65-62 loss in Seattle on June 6. Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus combined for just 24 points on 11-of-26 shooting and were 0 for 6 from 3-point range as Minnesota went 1 for 13 from beyond the arc overall.

Moore scored 11 of her 25 Sunday in the fourth quarter, helping the Lynx rally from a seven-point third-quarter deficit.

"Sometimes it's not going to be as pretty," said Moore, who is averaging a career-best 23.5 points. "We always believe that as long as we're on the court there's a chance so we just kept going."

Minnesota committed 19 turnovers, with Indiana scoring 11 on 13 first-half turnovers.

"We just did some things that just kind of shot ourselves in the foot and made the game harder to win than it should have been," coach Cheryl Reeve said.

The Storm (6-10) have dropped four of six following Tuesday's 65-57 loss at Los Angeles. They trailed by just one after the third quarter before being held to 10 points in the final period, finishing with their fewest points in a regular-season game since a 77-56 loss to San Antonio on Aug. 9.

Leading scorer Camille Little - who averages 12.2 points - scored eight on 3-of-9 shooting. Crystal Langhorne, the club's No. 2 scorer with 11.5 points per game, was 2 for 9 with four points and three turnovers. Meanwhile, third-leading scorer Tanisha Wright missed her third straight contest with a bruised knee.

Seattle was 21 of 58 (36.2 percent) from the floor and had seven shots blocked.

"I just thought, for the most part, they played with a lot more urgency, toughness, and focus than we did," coach Brian Agler said.

Minnesota had won six straight meetings, including a two-game sweep of last year's Western Conference semifinals, before losing earlier this month.

These teams meet again Sunday night in Minneapolis.

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