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Sun make it five straight

Five players scored in double figures as the Connecticut Sun beat the Washington Mystics, 78-69, last night in Uncasville, Conn., for its fifth straight victory.

Connecticut (9-7) is in second place in the Eastern Conference, just percentage points (.571-.563) behind first-place Indiana.

Wendy Palmer, Nykesha Sales and Taj McWilliams-Franklin finished with 13 points. Palmer also had eight rebounds.

Katie Douglas had 11 points and Lindsay Whalen finished with 10 points and seven assists.

Chamique Holdsclaw led the Mystics (5-8) with 21 points -- and eight turnovers.

Lynx 58, Comets 50 -- Katie Smith had 20 of her 23 points in the second half and overtime to lead host Minnesota over Houston.

Smith forced overtime with a running 8-foot jump shot from the baseline with 5.1 seconds left to tie the game at 50. Tiffani Johnson's short baseline jumper rimmed out as time expired for Houston.

Smith scored 6 of Minnesota's 8 points in overtime, and the Comets came up empty on all six possessions as the Lynx pulled away and snapped a three-game losing streak.

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