On Thursday evening, the Minnesota Lynx hosted the Washington Mystics for the second game of the WNBA semifinals series. Already holding a 1-0 lead, the Lynx defeated the Mystics 93-83 to move to one win away from winning the series. That would mean a return trip to the WNBA Finals for the multiple time champions. Here's the latest on the Mystics vs. Lynx game recap including tonight's top performers, statistics, and the next games for the series.

Game 2 recap

Earlier on Thursday Sylvia Fowles captured the 2017 WNBA MVP Award. The new MVP was the leader for the Minnesota Lynx once again as Fowles went 12-for-16 for 25 points.

She also grabbed nine rebounds, dished out four assists, and swatted four shots away. Former MVP Maya Moore added 22 points along with five assists and five rebounds, while Seimone Augustus had 15 points and six assists.

Lindsay Whalen returned for her second-straight game for Minnesota. The star guard had missed the last 12 games of the regular season due to her broken hand she suffered. In Game 2, Whalen helped on a late surge to help her team pull away with the win. She finished with nine points and seven assists for the latest effort.

For tonight's game, Minnesota shot a blazing hot 50.7 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from long range. They edged Washington 33-32 in the rebounding battle and had just five turnovers all game. The Mystics had nearly double as many turnovers and shot just 41.1 percent from the floor for the game.

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Leading the way for Washington Mystics in the losing effort were Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver. Delle Donne shot 7-for-15 and finished with 25 points along with five rebounds. Tolliver hit 10-of-23 shots including a 4-for-10 three-point shooting rate, and also had 25 points to go with her six assists. No other Mystics players finished in double digits for points. Washington's bench contributed 21 points total between three players.

Next games

The Minnesota Lynx now have a 2-0 lead in the series. Another win puts them back into the WNBA Finals. This series moves to Washington, D.C. for Game 3 which is set to take place on Sunday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. ESPN will carry the live television coverage.

If a Game 4 is necessary, that will take place on the Mystics' home court on Tuesday, September 19th at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2. If Game 5 is needed, that will take place back in Minnesota on Thursday, September 21, starting at 68 p.m. ET on ESPN2.