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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Miracle and Houston Comets took their time returning from the WNBA All-Star break.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 16 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, including a league record-tying 10 at the offensive end, as the Miracle rallied to beat the Comets 57-52 Wednesday night in the teams' first game back from midseason vacation.

Shannon Johnson added 12 points and six assists for Orlando (7-12).

Both teams struggled at the outset, combining to shoot less than 21 percent (5-for-24) in the first eight minutes. At that point, the score was tied at 7.

"Even if you do the bike and stairs (during the break), it can't replace game conditions," said McWilliams-Franklin, who started for the Eastern Conference in Monday night's WNBA All-Star Game in Orlando. "Everybody is in the same situation, though. In three or four games, everyone will be back to normal."

In other WNBA games Wednesday night, it was New York 80, Detroit 67; Miami 68, Charlotte 48; Utah 61, Indiana 57; and Minnesota 68, Seattle 58.

Houston (14-5) was led by its All-Stars, Janeth Arcain and Tina Thompson. Arcain scored 17 points, while Thompson had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Arcain took an elbow to the eye during a scramble for a loose ball in the closing seconds.

Houston coach Van Chancellor said Arcain's prognosis was not good.

"She's not doing great," Chancellor said. "She'll be doubtful for Miami (on Friday)."

The Comets, behind Arcain, led 45-37 with 8:21 remaining after Arcain scored eight points as Houston outscored Orlando 22-10.

But the Miracle, sparked by a 7-0 run, rallied to tie the score at 60 on McWilliams-Franklin's layin with 2:23 to play. After one of the Comets' 22 turnovers, McWilliams-Franklin broke the tie with a short jumper from the post.

McWilliams-Franklin hit another short shot with 57.7 seconds remaining for a four-point lead, ending an 8-0 run by Orlando. But Arcain hit two foul shots six seconds later, cutting the lead to 54-52.

Tiffany McCain made three of five free throws in the final seconds, and Orlando held on for the win.

LYNX 68, STORM 58: Svetlana Abrosimova scored a career-high 21 points as visiting Minnesota dealt Seattle its fifth straight loss.

Abrosimova set a franchise record for field-goal percentage with 8-for-9 shooting. The former Connecticut standout has scored 79 points in her last five games.

Katie Smith, the WNBA's leading scorer, had 19 points and a career-high seven assists for Minnesota (7-12), which won for the second time in nine games.

Lauren Jackson led Seattle (8-13) with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

LIBERTY 80, SHOCK 67: Tari Phillips had 20 points as New York won its sixth straight game by winning at Detroit.

Tamika Whitmore and Becky Hammon each scored 17 points for the Liberty (16-5), who shot 57.4 percent from the field and scored 18 points off 17 Shock turnovers.

Astou Ndiaye-Diatta scored 19 points for Detroit (5-14), which has lost three straight games and 11 of 13.

SOL 68, STING 48: Sandy Brondello scored 23 points as Miami extended its winning streak to a franchise-record five games with a victory over visiting Charlotte.

Sheri Sam added 18 points for Miami (11-9).

Dawn Staley scored 13 points for Charlotte (8-12), which lost for just the second time in nine games.