MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Matee Ajavon scored on a driving layup with 21.3 seconds remaining and the Washington Mystics ended a four-game losing streak with a 79-75 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday night.
Ivory Latta had 24 points for Washington (10-13), which moved percentage points ahead of New York for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Monique Currie had 20 points, including two free throws with 3 seconds left, and Ajavon 18.
Maya Moore scored 24 points and Lindsay Whalen had 19 for the Lynx (17-4), who lost for the first time in 11 games and ended an 18-game home winning streak. Minnesota has lost twice to Washington and twice to Los Angeles.
Minnesota center Janel McCarville missed the game with a concussion, sustained in Tuesday's win at San Antonio. Coach Cheryl Reeve said she is day to day.
SPARKS 74, FEVER 64
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jantel Lavender scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half to lead Los Angeles over defending champion Indiana for its third straight win.
Candace Parker added 17 points and six rebounds for Los Angeles (15-7).
The Sparks used a 13-0 run to open a 32-13 lead early in the second quarter. After the lopsided first quarter, the Fever outscored Los Angeles 51-47 the rest of the way, getting within 53-48 in the second half, but couldn't climb all the way out of the hole they dug.
Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 17 points, and Erlana Larkins added 11 points, 13 rebounds and six steals.
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