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Lynx spoil Augustus' Minnesota return, beating Sparks 80-64

Crystal Dangerfield was 4 of 5 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points and Minnesota beat the Los Angeles Sparks 80-64 on Saturday night, spoiling the return of Lynx great — and current Sparks assistant coach — Seimone Augustus.

The Lynx announced earlier Saturday the franchise will retire the jersey numbers of both Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson during the 2022 season. Brunson’s No. 32 and Augustus’ No. 33 will be the second and third numbers officially retired in franchise history, joining Lindsay Whalen’s No. 13.

Augustus made her return to Minnesota for the first time since announcing her retirement in May. The eight-time All-Star spent 14 of her 15 WNBA seasons with the Lynx, where she won four WNBA titles, before playing last season with the Sparks.

From left to right, Minnesota Lynx owners Glen and Becky Taylor are presented with a recent game ball at Target Center ahead of a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks, Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Minneapolis. (Anthony SouffleStar Tribune via AP)

Sylvia Fowles had 15 points, nine rebounds, a career-high five steals and four blocks for Minnesota (4-5). Te’a Cooper led the Sparks (4-5) with 17 points.

SKY 83, FEVER 79

Candace Parker had 20 points and 14 rebounds to help Chicago beat Indiana.

Los Angeles Sparks guard Erica Wheeler (17) collides with Minnesota Lynx forward Damiris Dantas (12) during the first quarter of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Minneapolis. (Anthony SouffleStar Tribune via AP)

Allie Quigley scored six of her 16 points in the final two minutes for the Sky (4-7) .

Teaira McCowan had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Indiana (1-11).

Minnesota Lynx guard Rachel Banham (15) dries past Los Angeles Sparks guard Te'a Cooper (2) during the first quarter of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Minneapolis. (Anthony SouffleStar Tribune via AP)