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Mystics Fall in Overtime to Storm

Associated Press
Sunday, July 18, 2004; Page E09

Sue Bird made a spinning reverse layup with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to give the Storm an 85-83 victory over the Washington Mystics last night in Seattle.

The Mystics' Chasity Melvin missed a 15-footer at the buzzer.

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With the game tied at 83, Seattle's Lauren Jackson blocked Chamique Holdsclaw's shot near the top of the key with seven seconds to play. Bird grabbed the ball and raced down the floor for the winning bucket.

Jackson, who scored a season-high 33 points, combined with Bird to score all 10 of Seattle's points in overtime. Bird finished with 18 points.

Seattle (13-7) has won three in a row.

Washington (9-10) led by as much as 16 and outscored Seattle 21-7 on second-chance points, but it wasn't enough.

Holdsclaw, the WNBA's leading scorer, was held without a point for the first 33 minutes but managed to finish with 10. Alana Beard led Washington with 18 points, and Stacey Dales-Schuman added 15.

Washington's Tamicha Jackson left the game with a left knee injury four minutes into the game and did not return.

COMETS 72, SUN 56: Tina Thompson scored 18 points to lead host Houston to victory over Connecticut, the first time in more than a month that the Comets have won consecutive games.

"Right now we are being a little more patient," Thompson said. "I think before we were getting shots, but we weren't patient enough. But right now we are making their defense work a lot more and were getting great shots and making them."

After Taj McWilliams-Franklin's layup pulled the Sun to 41-40 early in the second second-half, Houston (10-12) responded with a 10-0 run to break the game open.

Thompson and Sheryl Swoopes (15 points) each scored four points during the run for the Comets, who hadn't won consecutive games since mid-June.

Michelle Snow scored 10 points and Sheila Lambert added a career-high nine assists for the Comets.

"My main focus when I'm out there is to worry about how I'm going to get my team going," Lambert said. "I like to shoot, but when someone else is hot, I have to get them the ball to give us the best chance to score."

MONARCHS 79, SPARKS 70: Yolanda Griffith scored 15 points and Tangela Smith 14 to help visiting Sacramento snap L.A.'s season-high six-game winning streak.

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