Taj McWilliams scored 21 points, including 17 in a decisive first half, to lead the host Orlando Miracle to a 93-81 victory over the Detroit Shock last night.

The Miracle (14-16) has won four in a row and moved ahead of Detroit (13-17) by one game in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Both teams have two games remaining, including a rematch in the regular season finale in Detroit on Aug. 21.

The Miracle trailed 17-16 with 10 minutes 36 seconds remaining in the first half, but held the Shock to one field goal in 7:01, scoring 26 of the next 29 points to build a 42-20 lead.

Sherri Sam scored 19 points and Nykesha Sales added 18 for the Miracle, which set a franchise record for most points in a game (93).

COMETS 80, MERCURY 70: Sheryl Swoopes had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals as the Comets won their WNBA-best 12th straight home game.

Swoopes was 9 of 12 and hit 2 of 3 three-pointers for the Comets (25-5).

Phoenix (15-16) missed out on many second-half opportunities after tying the game at 42 with 15:08 left on Maria Stepanova's follow-up.

The Comets, who led 38-29 at the break, scored the first basket of the second half only to see Phoenix tie it with a 13-2 run. Houston answered by scoring the next 12 points to go ahead 54-42 with 11:34 left.

The Mercury got as close as 60-55, but failed to score on their next three trips down the floor.

SPARKS 72, LYNX 54: Reserve Allison Feaster had six of her career-high 16 points in the first half to lead host Los Angeles to the win.

Gordana Grubin added 13 points and Tamecka Dixon had 10 for Los Angeles, which reduced its magic number for clinching second place in the Western Conference to one.

Los Angeles (19-11) will clinch second place and home-court advantage in Tuesday's playoff game against Sacramento with a win in either of its final two games or a Sacramento loss to Houston on Saturday.