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Recaps: Sun, Mystics, Sparks, and Dream get wins on Sunday

The playoff picture is looking clearer after Sunday’s games.

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Jasmine Thomas (L) scored a career high 30 points on Sunday against the Aces on Sunday.
Stewart W. Small

There were four games on Sunday in the WNBA. Here’s what went down.

Sun blow out Aces, 109-88 led by Thomas’ 30 points

Jasmine Thomas scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Sun to a blowout win over the Aces on Sunday afternoon. Chiney Ogwumike added 15 points in the victory.

Las Vegas looked sluggish most of the game, A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum aside, who scored 24 and 20 points respectively. The Aces didn’t just get blown out on Sunday — they were also outscored every quarter.

Mystics win over the Wings 76-74 after Toliver’s game winner

The Mystics are now 2-0 in their post All-Star Game schedule after a close win over the Dallas Wings. For the Mystics, Kristi Toliver scored 16 to lead Washington while Liz Cambage also scored 16 for Dallas in their loss.

The game was close throughout, but Dallas had a seven point lead in the fourth quarter and looked like they would win the game and the tiebreaker. But Toliver decided to do Toliver things in the final seconds of the game.

Washington looked like they were in a precarious spot just a week or two ago. Now, things are looking quite bright while Dallas has now lost five in a row.

Gray, Parker lead Sparks to 78-75 win over the Mercury

Chelsea Gray scored 24 points to lead the Sparks to a close victory. Candace Parker added 14 points for Los Angeles and her 5,000th career point.

Parker also had another near triple double by adding 12 rebounds and 8 assists. For the Mercury, DeWanna Bonner and Brittney Griner scored 22 and 20 points respectively.

The Sparks came out strong in the first half and led by as many as 17 points, but Phoenix came back in the second to make things interesting until the end.

Hayes leads Dream to 86-66 blowout over the Lynx

Tiffany Hayes scored 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting including six three-pointers to give Atlanta the tiebreaker. Sylvia Fowles scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Minnesota in the loss.

Atlanta dominated Minnesota in all major statistical areas of the game, beating them in field goal percentage, rebounding, assisting, blocking, and stealing. If it weren’t for their slightly better third quarter, the Lynx would have been outscored in every quarter of the game.

Playoff Standings Update

After Sunday’s games, the Storm (21-7) and Dream (18-10) are still the top two teams in the WNBA. The Sparks (17-11) and Mystics (16-11) round out the Top four.

The Sun (16-12) have moved up to fifth place from being as low as eighth after getting on a four game win streak. The Mercury (16-13), Lynx (15-13), and Wings (14-14) are sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.

The Aces are still ninth place with a 12-15 record but are 1.5 games behind the Wings for the eighth spot. Though no announcement was made yet, it is possible that they may be formally handed a loss for last Friday’s canceled game against the Mystics.