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Maya Moore started a new streak for the Minnesota Lynx as they avoided a third straight loss their last time out.

Now the Lynx look to improve their WNBA-best record with two straight games against losing teams, starting with Tuesday night's home matchup against the San Antonio Stars.

Moore's team-record run of 11 games with at least 20 points was snapped last week in defeats to Los Angeles and Phoenix. That gave Minnesota its first losing streak since dropping three straight from Aug. 9-15, 2014.

The reigning MVP fell short of Diana Taurasi's league record of 13 20-point contests in a row, but she regrouped with 20 against the Sparks.

Minnesota (16-6) has beaten San Antonio (7-16) twice this year, holding the Stars to averages of 54.0 points and 32.0 percent shooting. A 66-49 loss to the Lynx on July 12 marked San Antonio's lowest offensive output since falling 84-48 to Los Angeles on June 15, 2013.

Minnesota is tied with Phoenix for the best home record in the league at 9-2, while San Antonio is 0-11 on the road. The Lynx took six of seven from the Stars last season, including a two-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs.

With Sunday's 72-64 victory over the Sparks, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve felt her team returned to the form it showed in winning seven of eight July 12-Aug. 1.

"I thought we were pretty hard to play against, and that's our goal," Reeve said. "Individually, I said, when you walk out of a game, ask yourself, 'Was I hard to play against?' I thought tonight we were for the most part pretty hard to play against."

Minnesota faces last-place Atlanta on Friday.

The Stars snapped a four-game skid with an 88-81 victory over Seattle on Saturday. San Antonio hit 80 points for the first time since setting a season high in a 102-85 win over the Dream on July 29.

Coach Dan Hughes was on the sideline against the Storm after a collision with Washington's Danielle Robinson during a 66-63 loss Wednesday. Hughes was transported to a hospital and was treated for a lower back injury.

"You've got to give the assistants a lot of credit," Hughes said of James Wade and Vickie Johnson. "I was on my back for a couple days, and we talked, but they put things together. I thought offensively they spent some really good time with the team and it showed."

Jia Perkins has been hot for the Stars in August, averaging 23.5 points in her last four games. Perkins, who missed seven games in July due to a calf injury, has shot 57 percent from the floor in that stretch, which included a 32-point effort Saturday.

"I just want to win. We want to win together," Perkins said. "Whoever's number is called, we just want to be there and be able to finish."

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