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Thomas posts triple-double to spark Connecticu­t


Alyssa Thomas had the first triple-double in franchise history, Dewanna Bonner scored 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting, and the Connecticu­t Sun never trailed Friday night in a 94-84 win over the Minnesota Lynx in Minneapoli­s.

Thomas made 7 of 13 shots from the field and finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists — the 17th triple-double in WNBA history — and three steals. Courtney Williams also scored 15 points for Connecticu­t (18-9), and Brionna Jones and Bria Hartley added 11 apiece.

Connecticu­t jumped to a 10-4 lead before Sylvia Fowles scored inside to make it 10-all midway through the first quarter, but the Sun scored 24 of the next 36 points to make it 34-22 when Joyner Holmes converted a threepoint play with eight minutes to go in the second quarter. Minnesota trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

Aerial Powers led the Lynx with 14 points, Sylvia Fowles, Kayla Mcbride and Nikolina Milic scored 12 points apiece, and Rachel Banham added 11.

Minnesota (10-18), which has eight regular season games left, is two games back of eighth-place Dallas for the final playoff berth.

SKY 89, WINGS 83: In Chicago, Kahleah Copper scored 19 points, Julie Allemand had 11 of her season-high 13 in the fourth quarter, and the Sky held off Dallas.

Candace Parker had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for Chicago (21-6), which has won six straight games. Emma Meesseman added 13 points, a seasonhigh nine assists and three blocks, and Allie Quigley scored 10 points.

The Wings trailed by 14 late in the first half but scored six consecutiv­e points in the fourth quarter to make it 75-74. Dallas took its first lead of the game when Tyasha Harris hit a floater with 6:57 to play. Allemand answered with a three-point play to put Chicago back in front about a minute later, but Arike Ogunbowale made a three-pointer to give Dallas an 80-79 lead with four minutes remaining.

Allemand then hit a threepoint­er and made a layup — both assisted by Meesseman — to give the Sky the lead for good with 3:01 to play.

Ogunbowale pulled the Wings within 84-83 with another three, but Parker scored inside and Allemand made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 90 seconds to seal the victory.

Ogunbowale finished with 28 points. Isabelle Harrison scored 18 on 8-for-10 shooting for Dallas (11-15), Teaira Mccowan added 15 points, and Kayla Thornton scored 11.

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