Hines-Allen has 25, helps keep Mystics’ playoff hopes alive

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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP)Myisha Hines-Allen had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help Washington beat the New York Liberty 75-58 on Saturday, keeping the Mystics’ playoff hopes alive.

Washington’s victory eliminates Atlanta and leaves just the Mystics and the Dallas Wings in the running for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Mystics (8-13) would clinch a berth with a victory over Atlanta in a regular-season finale on Sunday. A loss would open the door for Dallas (7-14), which would then advance with a victory over the last-place Liberty (2-19) Sunday as the Wings own the tiebreaker over the Mystics.

Hines-Allen was 8-of-16 shooting, making all three of her 3-point attempts and all six free throws. Ariel Atkins added 18 points and five steals with Leilani Mitchell scoring 12 points.

The Mystics scored the first nine points, led 36-29 at halftime and were up by as many 20 in the third quarter

Kia Nurse and Kiah Stokes, the latter with five 3-pointers, scored 15 points each for the Liberty.

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