Maya Moore Snags MVP as West Wins 2017 WNBA All-Star Game

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2017

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 22:  Maya Moore of the Western Conference All-Stars controls the ball against the Eastern Conference All-Stars as part of the Verizon WNBA All-Star Game 2017 at KeyArena on July 22, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore took home her second consecutive WNBA All-Star Game MVP award on Saturday as the West defeated the East 130-121 at KeyArena in Seattle.

Moore dropped a team-high 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting (5-of-10 from three) and piled up three assists and three rebounds in the win. The Western Conference All-Stars were also plus-10 with Moore on the floor, which was the best mark among starters.

The 28-year-old—who also has a league MVP, three titles and a Finals MVP under her belt—helped the West keep pace with the East thanks to 11 first-half points, as the WNBA documented on Twitter:


11 points at the half for @MooreMaya on ABC! #WNBAAllStar https://t.co/tjMqnY2Fzx

Moore was aided by some tremendous facilitating from Sue Bird, who set an All-Star Game record with 11 dimes in 21 minutes, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike joined the party with 22 points (11-of-15 shooting) and seven rebounds off the bench on a day when the West shot a robust 56.8 percent from the field.

Jonquel Jones paced all scorers with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including two that came above the rim in the game's waning seconds:

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Allie Quigley, Candice Dupree and Layshia Clarendon all chipped in 14 points, but the East couldn't overcome Moore and the West without Elena Delle Donne, who was out with a sprained right ankle.

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