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Mystics beat the Sparks 79-77 to snap a 3-game losing streak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tianna Hawkins scored 17 points, Queen Egbo added 15 and the Washington Mystics beat the Los Angeles Sparks 79-77 on Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Natasha Cloud put Washington ahead 75-67 with 3:28 remaining in the fourth quarter before Los Angeles scored the next six points to get within 75-73. Hawkins ended Washington’s scoring drought on a fast-break layup with 39 seconds left for a four-point lead. After Los Angeles went 1 of 2 from the free-throw line, Cloud sealed it by making two free throws with 8.1 seconds left.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 11 points, and Cloud and Li Meng each finished with 10 points for Washington (13-13), which was coming off a three-game road swing.

Washington led 48-40 at halftime as the Sparks shot just 43% from the field and turned it over 10 times. Los Angeles finished with 16 turnovers.

Azura Stevens had 19 points while Nneka Ogwumike added 18 for Los Angeles (9-18). Dearica Hamby scored 14 points and Zia Cooke had 10 points.

Washington hosts Los Angeles again on Sunday.

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