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Moore helps Lynx remain unbeaten with 79-69 win over Liberty

NEW YORK -- Maya Moore scored 25 points and the Minnesota Lynx remained unbeaten with a 79-69 win over the New York Liberty on Tuesday night.

Minnesota (6-0) took it right to New York, building a 28-11 advantage after the first quarter thanks to Moore. She had 11 points, hitting five of her first six shots in the opening period.

New York (2-3) rallied within 31-25 in the second quarter with Moore on the bench. She subbed back in and the Lynx, who are the unanimous top choice in the AP WNBA power poll, built a 15-point halftime lead.

Minnesota led by 23 in the second half before New York cut it to 73-67 on a three-point play by Sugar Rodgers with just over 2 minutes left. Renee Montgomery answered with a pullup jumper and the Liberty could get no closer than six the rest of the way.

Tina Charles, who entered the game leading the WNBA in scoring and rebounding, had 23 points and 11 boards.

The Lynx are more than halfway to the best start in franchise history, when they went 10-0 to begin the 2012 season. That's no real surprise since the Lynx have four players who will be on the U.S. Olympic basketball team this summer. Moore, Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles and Lindsay Whalen will all play in Rio and try to help the U.S. win a sixth straight Olympic gold medal. Cheryl Reeve is an assistant coach for the team.

The teams came into the game with two of the best three defenses in the league. Minnesota was giving up just 69.2 points a game and New York was allowing 73.4. The Liberty had lost their last two games in overtime.

New York, which is fourth in the power poll, has dropped three straight games in the regular season for the first time since 2014. The Liberty finish off their five-game homestand on Friday against Indiana.