Canada’s Kia Nurse breaks 1,000-point barrier for career in Liberty loss to Fever

Candice Dupree scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half and the Indiana Fever beat the New York Liberty 85-75 on Thursday night to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Dupree was 9 of 19 from the field and had seven assists, six rebounds and two blocks. Kelsey Mitchell added 18 points, Teaira McCowan 14 and Tiffany Mitchell 11 for Indiana (6-15). Kelsey and Tiffany Mitchell each had seven points in the fourth quarter after the teams entered the period tied at 62. Canada’s Natalie Achonwa contributed six points and five rebounds in a starting role for the Fever.

Paris Kea scored a career-high 21 points and Canadian Kia Nurse, who went over 1,000 career points, added 18 for the Liberty (2-18). Jazmine Jones had 10 rebounds and nine points.

Trailing by four at the half, New York grabbed the lead back midway through the third quarter until Kelsey Mitchell completed a three-point play with 38 seconds to tie.

The game matched up the only two teams already eliminated from playoff contention. New York has lost six straight.

WATCH | Nurse reaches 1,000 points:

Hamilton’s Kia Nurse scored her 1,000th career WNBA point in the New York Liberty’s 85-75 defeat to the Indiana Fever. 0:17

Aces catch fire from deep to top Lynx

Angel McCoughtry scored 22 points on her 34th birthday and the the Las Vegas Aces made a franchise-record 10 3-pointers in beating the Minnesota Lynx 104-89  for their fourth straight victory.

Kayla McBride’s 3-pointer during a 13-4 run to open the fourth quarter was the record-setting 10th for the Aces, last in the league for 3-point attempts. They finished 10 of 18 from the arc, led by McBride’s 5-of-7 effort.

McCoughtry added eight rebounds, six assists and went over 1,500 career made free throws, the third player to do so in WNBA history. McBride added 21 points, A’ja Wilson 20 and Jackie Young had all 17 of hers in the second half.

Danielle Robinson made consecutive 3-pointers and the Aces closed the third quarter on a 9-4 run to lead 81-69 headed into the fourth quarter.

Crystal Dangerfield scored 24 points and Napheesa Collier added 17, all in the first half, plus 11 rebounds and five assists for Minnesota (13-8), which lost its third straight. Canada’s Bridget Carleton started for Minnesota, scoring three points and adding five assists and four rebounds.

Second-place Las Vegas (16-4) has games remaining against third-place Los Angeles and league leader Seattle in the final weekend of the regular season as its vies for a top-two finish that would give it a bye into the playoff semifinals.

Mystics win to tie Wings for final playoff spot

Myisha Hines-Allen scored 30 points to help Washington beat Los Angeles,

Ariel Atkins hit a 3-pointer to give the Sparks a 71-68 lead with 2:53 remaining. Hines-Allen made consecutive 3-pointers, found Emma Meesseman for a transition layup and added a free throw in the final 1:28.

Chelsea Gray scored 21 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 15 for Los Angeles.

Washington (7-13) joined Dallas in a tie for eighth place with two regular-season games left. The top eight teams advance to the playoffs. Los Angeles (15-6) is in third place and takes on second-place Las Vegas on Sunday.

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