At just 5 feet 3, Temeka Johnson can add a pull-up jumper over Sue Bird to the list of tough shots she has hit in her rookie season.

Leading by two, Johnson made the shot over the 5-9 Bird with 37 seconds left to lift Washington past the Seattle Storm, 78-71, yesterday as the Mystics won the first game of a five-game trip following the WNBA all-star break.

Johnson, who finished with 12 points, scored four in the final 94 seconds to give the Mystics (9-8) their sixth win in eight games.

"Usually Temeka is able to go by you. But her pull-up jump shot . . . it's amazing how she can get it off on bigger people," Washington Coach Richie Adubato said. "She's done that to people 6-foot, 6-1."

While Johnson was key in the final minutes, DeLisha Milton-Jones carried Washington for most of the second half.

Scoreless at halftime, Milton-Jones made all four of her three-point shots in the second half, finishing with 15 points. The four three-pointers were a career high.

"The opportunities were there and my teammates found me in the corner," Milton-Jones said. "Sometimes you just throw it up there and they go in."

Alana Beard also added 15 points for the Mystics, who improved to 4-3 on the road. Charlotte Smith-Taylor had 11.

The defending champion Storm (8-10) has lost six of its last seven, and fell to 5-3 at home.

Iziane Castro Marques led Seattle with 19 points.

* LYNX 71, SHOCK 61: In Minneapolis, Katie Smith hit an off-balance shot for her 5,000th career point, becoming the first woman to reach the professional basketball milestone.

She scored 11 points -- just enough to reach the mark -- hitting a 14-footer that banked in with 3 minutes 44 seconds left.

* FEVER 64, SUN 53: Tamika Catchings finished with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 steals -- the most steals by any player this season -- in Indiana's home win.

* MERCURY 82, STING 62: Diana Taurasi had 15 points and eight assists, and Anna DeForge added 19 points to lead host Phoenix.

Alana Beard, left, makes driving tough for the Storm's Francesca Zara in the Mystics' first of five straight road games.