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Recaps: Charles, Mystics put together strong effort vs. Sky

The Washington Mystics are in a good position to make the playoffs after a key win over the Chicago Sky.

Washington Mystics v Chicago Sky
Everyone was talking about how Tina Charles’ hook shot is unguardable after she made a key one in the fourth quarter on Sunday.
Photo by Kena Krutsinger/NBAE via Getty Images

Tina Charles dropped 31 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five assists on Sunday afternoon to lead the Washington Mystics to a 79-71 victory over the Chicago Sky at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

Mystics point guard Natasha Cloud added 16 points, six boards and eight helpers while Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was 7-of-8 from the field with 14 points and six steals.

Walker-Kimbrough made the key jumper (a deep two) that put Washington up five with 1:18 to go. Charles had made a three that also gave the Mystics a five-point lead with 1:39 remaining.

The Mystics are now a game ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks and New York Liberty in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Mystics went on a 15-0 run that featured a buzzer-beating three from Leilani Mitchell to end the opening frame.

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Los Angeles Sparks (11-19) over Seattle Storm (20-11), 81-53

The Sparks dominated a Breanna Stewart-less Storm team behind 15 points and 10 rebounds from Brittney Sykes. Seattle took 27 threes and made just six, which hurt. LA was a much more efficient 6-of-13. Nneka Ogwumike added 17 points and seven boards to the winning cause.

Minnesota Lynx (20-10) over Indiana Fever (6-23), 90-80

The Fever came back from down 16 to lead by two in the fourth, but Minnesota finished the game on a 6-0 run. The Lynx shot 21-of-22 from the free throw line, compared to Indiana’s 4-of-4 effort, and 56.1 percent from the field. Napheesa Collier notched 22 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the winners while teammate Sylvia Fowles was good for 18 points, eight boards, two steals and three blocks. Kelsey Mitchell was 5-of-7 from downtown with 25 points, six assists and two steals in defeat while Teaira McCowan was 8-of-9 from the field with 17 points, eight boards and four blocks.