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Britney Sykes, Sparks beat Mystics

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Britney Sykes scored a game-high 21 points on Sunday as the Los Angeles Sparks maintained their WNBA playoff hopes with a 79-76 victory over the Washington Mystics in Washington.

Sykes drove her layup and with 39.7 seconds left she took a 77-74 lead and teammate Olivia her Nelson Ododa with 4.4 seconds left she had two fouls. I hit her shot and regained the 3-point lead.

Washington (20-14) had a chance to draw, but Jordan Canada blocked Natasha Cloud's three-point her heave as time expired.

Cloud had to refrain from chasing the referee after the game, believing he had been fouled during play. Replays showed there was contact on the shot, but it appeared to come after hours had passed.

Katie Luther Samuelson and Neka Ogmike gave Los Angeles her 15 points each. Added (13-20). advanced to her spot in the final playoffs in a game against Phoenix. Canada recorded 11 and 12 assists, and Lexi Brown scored her 10 points on the bench.

Ariel Atkins and reserve Maisha Hines her Allen each scored 20 points, and Shakira Austin added her 16 points. Two minutes and managed only eight points. The

team spent the first quarter trading for the lead, neither of which he had more than a four-point advantage. It was only fitting that the period ended in a 19-19 draw for him when Sykes scored a layup in the final minutes.

But Los Angeles moved in the second quarter. Sparks ran on offense, frustrating Washington with an aggressive defense and forcing Dele Donne to the bench with three fouls. The margin reached 13 at one point before an Austin foul shot put the Mystics within 40-32 at halftime.

With his 5:40 mark in the third quarter, Ogmike's two fouls on his shot pushed the advantage back to his 10, but Washington held the lead for the rest of the period. robbed.

Canada made a foul shot with 2.2 seconds remaining, giving Los Angeles a 64-59 lead.

– Field Level Media