SPARKS DROP FOURTH STRAIGHT : WASHINGTON 55, SPARKS 53.Byline: Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
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Murriel Page's layup with 3.9 seconds left gave the Washington Mystics The Washington Mystics is a Women's National Basketball Association team based in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBA's first expansion franchises. a 55-53 victory over the Sparks on Saturday, sending them to their fourth straight loss and preventing them from clinching a playoff spot.
Before a national TV audience, the Sparks (17-11) led 17-16 at halftime in the lowest-scoring first half in WNBA WNBA Women's National Basketball Association
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They trailed by five points with 2:20 left but tied the game at 53 on a 3-pointer by point guard Gordana Grubin with 23 seconds to go.
Washington inbounded the ball to point guard Andrea Nagy who dribbled time off the clock and then drove to the basket. Nagy's bounce pass found Page, who scored her second field goal of the game. After a timeout, the Sparks' Tamecka Dixon missed a 3-pointer at the final buzzer.
DeLisha Milton had 13 points to lead the Sparks; Lisa Leslie
Washington (12-17), which won its sixth straight game, entered the game one game behind Detroit for the third and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Nikki McCray had 20 points for Washington.
PHOTO Sparks guard Tamecka Dixon shoots in front of Nikki McCray.
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