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WNBA: Tina Charles (31 points) leads Mystics past Lynx

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Tina Charles converted half of her six 3-point attempts and all 10 free-throw tries, scoring 31 points as the host Washington Mystics topped the Minnesota Lynx 85-81 on Tuesday night, snapping the Lynx’s three-game winning streak.

Charles shot 9-for-18 from the field, Myisha Hines-Allen notched 19 points, and Natasha Cloud contributed 11 points and eight assists for the Mystics, who outscored the Lynx 27-18 in the third quarter in taking control before hanging on late.

The Mystics (3-5) sank 42.6 percent of their field-goal attempts and were 6 of 20 (30 percent) from behind the arc.

Meanwhile, the Lynx (3-5) were 6-for-22 from 3-point range. Napheesa Collier led the team with 22 points and nine rebounds, but was 0-for-5 from beyond the arc.

Sylvia Fowles registered 15 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Lynx. Layshia Clarendon racked up 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Crystal Dangerfield scored 10 for Minnesota.

Kayla McBride tied the game by converting a 3-pointer from the corner with 6:38 left in the third quarter. On the next possession, Fowles gave the Lynx their first lead since the 7:15 mark in the second quarter, 48-47.

The Mystics pulled away midway through the third quarter, orchestrating a 12-0 run led by Charles and Hines-Allen.

The Mystics entered the fourth quarter up 70-56; the Lynx outscored the Mystics 25-15 in the fourth quarter.

With 1:33 remaining in the game, the Lynx cut the Mystic’s lead to 78-73. Clarendon later hit a 3-point shot with 31.3 seconds left, making it 80-76 and preserving hope for the Lynx.

Charles scored four of the Mystics’ final six points in the final half-minute, with her last shot stretching the Mystics’ lead to 85-78, effectively ending any possibility of a Lynx comeback.

–Field Level Media

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