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Mystics Down Minnesota 86-79; Become First Team To Clinch Playoff Spot

Led by five players in double figures, the Washington Mystics beat the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night 86-79 and thus became the first team to clinch a spot in the 2019 WNBA playoffs.

Ariel Atkins led the way for the Mystics with 18 points, while Emma Meesseman added 17, Elena Delle Donne and Aerial Powers each contributed 14 and Natasha Cloud put in 13.

The win lifts to Mystics to 19-7 on the season and keeps them atop the WNBA standings, one game ahead of Connecticut.

A major milestone was reached during the game as Cloud became the all-time assists leader for the Mystics with 570.

For the Lynx Sylvia Fowles led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds while Damiris Dantas and Danielle Robinson added 14 points each, Napheesa Collier put in 13 and Odyssey Sims scored 10. The loss drops the Lynx to 13-13 on the season.

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