The Washington Post

Minnesota surges late as Indiana falls again

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Napheesa Collier had 22 points, six rebounds, seven assists and a career-high tying four steals to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever, 90-80, on Sunday night in Minneapoli­s.

The Lynx (20-10), who play at Indiana on Friday before their regular season finale at Washington on Sunday, moved into a third-place tie with the defending champion Seattle Storm — one game ahead of Phoenix. The top four teams earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Sylvia Fowles added 18 points and eight rebounds, Aerial Powers had 17 points, Kayla Mcbride scored 12 and Crystal Dangerfiel­d 11 for Minnesota.

Minnesota took a 10-point lead into halftime and led most of the game, but the Fever went ahead by two after three quarters. Mcbride hit a three-pointer in the final quarter to give the Lynx a 78-76 lead and spark a 15-4 run over the final five minutes.

Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana (6-23) with 25 points, and McCowan scored 17.

The Fever, which has lost four games in a row, has the worst record in the WNBA.

SPARKS 81, STORM 53: Te’a Cooper scored 19 points, Nneka Ogwumike and Erica Wheeler added 17 points apiece, and Los Angeles routed Seattle at home to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Brittney Sykes had 15 points and tied a season high with 10 rebounds for the Sparks (11-19).

The Storm (20-11) fell into fourth place, a half-game behind Minnesota and a half-game ahead of fifth-place Phoenix. Seattle set a season low for points.

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