Lynx foiled by Mystics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Katie Smith's three-pointer with 43.5 seconds left helped the Washington Mystics earn a 61-58 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night.
Lindsey Harding led the Mystics (18-12) with 15 points and Smith added 11 points. Crystal Langhorne finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
With the win, they improved to 10-4 at home, swept the season series from the Lynx and tied a franchise mark for most wins in a season.
Lindsay Whalen and Monica Wright scored 13 points for the Lynx (11-19).
Minnesota led 40-29 at halftime, but scored only 18 points and shot 20.5 percent from the field in the second half en route to dropping their second straight tight game in two nights.
The Mystics made their first five shots of the second half and went on a 13-4 run to pull within 44-42. They didn't get over the hump until a wide-open Smith made a shot from the left wing, her third three-pointer of the game.
After the Lynx missed two shots, Langhorne made two free throws with 15.7 seconds left, but then missed a pair 7 seconds later.
Whalen, who finished the first half in style with a running double-clutch three-pointer at the buzzer, had a similar look from the top of the key in the closing seconds but this time it went in and out.