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Recaps: Storm clinch playoff spot, Dream win on Friday

The Storm become the first team to punch their 2018 playoff ticket, while the Dream get one step closer.

Breanna Stewart showing Holly Rowe some love.
Photo by Joshua Huston/NBAE via Getty Images

The WNBA had two games Friday night after the Mystics vs. Aces game was canceled due to Las Vegas’ travel delays. Here’s a recap of Saturday’s remaining games!

Dream beat Sky 89-74, get closer to playoff berth

Angel McCoughtry scored 21 points while Tiffany Hayes added 19 more to lead the Dream to a comfortable win over the Sky. When Atlanta’s duo puts up numbers like this, it’s hard to stop the Dream from winning.

Though Chicago was ultimately blown out in the second half, Courtney Vandersloot showed her scoring chops as she put up a season-high 24 points and added 7 assists. But no other Chicago players scored in double figures.

Storm clinch playoff berth with 85-75 win over Lynx

Breanna Stewart scored 20 points while Sue Bird had a double-double (14 points, 11 assists) to lead the Storm to a third consecutive playoff berth. Meanwhile, the Lynx finished a back-to-back empty-handed after starting the game strong with a 22-16 lead after the first quarter.

For Minnesota, Sylvia Fowles was their best performer with a 20-point, 16-rebound showing. But Seattle just had a better balance to their lineup, which contributed to the win. Their talent and depth pulled through in the end to make this yet another comfortable win for their fans.

Playoff standings update

The Storm (21-7) and Dream (17-10) remain the top two teams in the WNBA with their wins. The Sparks (16-11) are third while the Mystics (15-11) move to fourth place and the Mercury (16-12) move into fifth. The Sun (15-12) have won three in a row and moved up to sixth place while the Lynx (15-12) fell to seventh. The Wings (14-13) remain in eighth place, just 1.5 games ahead of the Aces (12-14).

Only two games separate the Dream and the Lynx, so a big win or loss streak could change the standings considerably over the next couple of weekends.

With the Mystics-Aces game canceled, there may be a chance that both teams end up with the same regular season record. Since their head to head record is 1-1, the tiebreaker is now their record against teams that finish above .500. Given how these standings move, who knows where everyone will fall once the season ends?