Dixon lifts L.A. to 84-74 victory
Houston Tamecka Dixon scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half and four Los Angeles players scored in double figures Saturday to rally the Sparks to an 84-74 victory over the Houston Comets.
Los Angeles (24-3) overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half to complete the sweep of the three-game season series with Houston (22-5).
DeLisha Milton had 17 points, while Lisa Leslie and Mwadi Mabika added 16 apiece for Los Angeles. Cynthia Cooper scored 25 points for the Comets, and Janeth Arcain added 16.
Lynx 87, Mystics 85
Washington Betty Lennox had a career-high 31 points, and Katie Smith added 22 as Minnesota (13-13) won its third straight. Lennox scored 17 points in the second half, and Smith made four three-pointers to set the WNBA record with 79 this season. Nikki McCray had 24 points for Washington, losers of five of eight at home. The Mystics (11-15) fell one game behind Detroit for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Shock 75, Sting 72
Auburn Hills, Mich. Wendy Palmer scored 21 points and Astou Ndiaye-Diatta matched a career-high with 18 as slumping Detroit beat Charlotte. The victory moved Detroit (12-14), loser of four of its previous five, one game ahead of Washington for the fourth and last playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Rhonda Mapp had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Elena Tornikidou added 19 points for the Sting (7-19).
Starzz 79, Fever 71
Salt Lake City Adrienne Goodson scored a career high 29 points as Utah extended its winning streak to three games. The Starzz (15-12) took control early, leading by as many as 13 in the first half and never trailing in the second. Alicia Thompson led the way for the Fever (7-19) with 18 points and eight rebounds before fouling out in the final two minutes of the game.
Liberty 81, Rockers 67
New York Crystal Robinson had 17 points as six Liberty players scored in double figures. The Eastern Conference-leading Liberty (17-10) won their fourth straight and extended their lead to 2 1/2 games over the second-place Rockers and Orlando Miracle with five games remaining. New York, winners of 10 of 11 games, got 14 points from Tari Phillips.