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Nolan powers Shock to victory over Mystics

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Deanna Nolan had 18 points to lead the Detroit Shock to a 66-52 win Sunday over the Washington Mystics in Auburn Hills, Mich., to stay in contention for the fourth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

The Shock (15-16) lead the Mystics (14-17) by one game with three games left in the regular season.

Swin Cash had 12 points for the Shock, who won their sixth straight home game. Cheryl Ford had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Katie Smith added 10 points.

Alana Beard led Washington, losers of five straight, with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. She was the only Mystics player in double figures as the other starters combined for 3-of-27 shooting.

The Shock took a 16-0 lead while Washington missed a league-record 13 shots to open the game. Beard's jumper 8:15 into the game ended the drought.

MERCURY 83, LYNX 69: At Phoenix, Diana Taurasi had 17 points and five rebounds and Anna Deforge added 16 points, leading Phoenix.

Reserve Sandora Irvin had 13 points and six rebounds for the Mercury (16-15), and Kamila Vodichkova contributed 11 points and five rebounds.

It was the third consecutive double-digit game for Taurasi, who shot 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line.

Svetlana Abrosimova and Nicole Ohlde had 14 points each for the Lynx (14-18).

SPARKS 55, COMETS 50: At Los Angeles, Lisa Leslie had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Chamique Holdsclaw added 11 points in the Sparks' (15-16) third consecutive win over the Comets (17-15) this season, keeping them a game behind fourth-place Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Comets fell a half-game behind Seattle for the No. 2 seed.

Sheryl Swoopes scored 18 points to lead Houston, and Janeth Arcain added 10.