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Aerial Powers scores 27 as Lynx end Mystics' playoff hopes

Field Level Media
20 Sep 2021, 07:40 GMT+10

Aerial Powers scored 27 points, Napheesa Collier recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the Minnesota Lynx rode a third-quarter run to an 83-77 defeat of the host Washington Mystics on Sunday in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Minnesota (22-10) went on 18-2 run in the third quarter to build a 13-point lead, then held Washington (12-20) to a double-digit deficit for much of the fourth quarter en route to its fourth straight win and ninth in 10 games.

The late-season surge earned a Minnesota team that faced roster absences for much of the campaign the No. 3 seed in the upcoming WNBA playoffs.

Sunday's loss ended Washington's playoff hopes. The Mystics came into the day in a three-team race with New York and Los Angeles, needing both a win over the Lynx and a Sparks loss to Dallas later in the day.

Powers continued to be critical to the end-of-season push, with her game-high in scoring marking her fourth 20-plus-point outing in the Lynx's last six games.

Layshia Clarendon scored 10 points -- two of which were free throws with 27.5 seconds remaining to effectively seal the win -- and dished a game-high six assists in her first appearance for the Lynx since sustaining a leg injury on Aug. 24.

Kayla McBride added another 10 points, Sylvia Fowles chipped in eight points and matched a game-high with 13 rebounds, and Crystal Dangerfield scored eight points off the Minnesota bench.

The Mystics rallied with an 11-1 run in the late fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to two points in the final minute.

Natasha Cloud led Washington with 22 points, Ariel Atkins registered 17 points and Tina Charles closed out a Most Valuable Player-contending season with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

--Field Level Media

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