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Recap: Sun, Storm, Lynx and Dream picked up wins on Tuesday night

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The WNBA playoff standings remain as fluid as ever!

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Jasmine Thomas (L) and the Connecticut Sun got a huge win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday.
Stewart W. Small

The WNBA had another big night. Let’s review what happened in last night’s contests!

Sun beat the Mystics, 94-68

The Sun were trailing the Mystics, 26-19 after the first quarter. But Morgan Tuck scored nine of her 14 points in the second quarter and Jonquel Jones scored 23 points to lead all scorers, resulting in a big win for the Sun over the Mystics. Courtney Williams was a major contributor to the Sun’s win, with a 17-point and 10-rebound double-double performance.

For the Mystics, Elena Delle Donne had a great night statistically, scoring 21 points and shooting 9-of-14 from the field. But she only scored two points in the second half, while fellow All-Star Kristi Toliver was scoreless in the third and fourth quarters, after putting up only 6 points in the game.

Storm blow out Fever, 92-72

No surprises in this game as the best team blew out the worst team. Breanna Stewart scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while the timeless Sue Bird scored 11 points and dished 11 assists in a game where Seattle outscored Indiana in every quarter.

For the Fever, Kelsey Mitchell scored 26 points off the bench, but Indiana shot just 34.6 percent from the field while the Storm shot 50.7 percent. No surprises here.

Lynx hold on against the Liberty, 85-82

New York sprinted to a quick 28-20 lead, but it was all Lynx after that, as Minnesota chipped away bit-by-bit and came out with an 85-82 win.

For the Liberty, Tina Charles scored 32 points, but Lynx center Sylvia Fowles countered with 27 of her own. It was definitely a great battle to see.

Dream pull away in second half to win against Sparks, 81-71

The second- and third-place teams played in a back-and-forth effort on Tuesday night and actually were tied at 60 points to begin the fourth quarter. In fact, there were 16 lead changes between these teams.

In the fourth quarter, however, Atlanta held Los Angeles to just 25 percent shooting which helped the Dream finish with the win. For Atlanta, Angel McCoughtry led all scorers with 19 points while Chelsea Gray led LA with 18.

Playoff implications

The Storm (19-7) won on Tuesday and maintain their position as the top team in the W. The Dream (16-9) remain in second place after their big win over the Sparks.

But, after that, there are some changes. The Lynx (15-10) hold the tiebreaker over the Mercury for the third spot and the Sparks (15-11) are in sole possession of fifth place.

Toward the bottom of the playoff pack, the Wings (14-11) hold the tiebreakers over the Mystics for sixth place. The Mystics, meanwhile, are having cold sweats as they are now just half a game ahead of the Sun (14-12), against whom they lost last night.

The Aces are just 1.5 games behind Connecticut, but they didn’t play on Tuesday.