Lynx clinch playoff spot with 83-65 win over Dream

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) " Seimone Augustus scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, Rebekkah Brunson had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 83-65 on Wednesday to secure a spot in the WNBA playoffs.

Minnesota (20-4) won its fifth straight and reached at least 20 victories for the sixth straight season, tying the Los Angeles Sparks (1999-2004) for the longest streak in WNBA history.

The Lynx are the second team to clinch a 2016 playoff berth after Los Angeles (20-3) qualified on Tuesday in a loss.

In other games Wednesday, Liberty had an 88-81 win over the Mystics, the Suns beat the Wings 89-78 and the Storm beat the Stars 83-69.

For the Lynx, Sylvia Fowles had 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Renee Montgomery added 12 points.

Fowles converted a three-point play to spark a 12-2 run that gave Minnesota a 24-14 lead with 9 minutes left in the first half and the Lynx led by at least eight points the rest of the way.

Layshia Clarendon led Atlanta (12-12) with 11 points.

At Washington, reserve Rebecca Allen hit four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points " both career highs " and New York's backup scored WNBA-record 69 points in the victory over the Mystics.

New York's starters scored just 19 points " including 13 by Tina Charles " to equal the WNBA mark for fewest by starters in a victory.

The Mystics' backups had 63 points in a triple-overtime win against over Los Angeles in 2014.

Emma Meesseman led the Mystics (9-14) with 20 points.

At Arlington, Chiney Ogwumike had career bests with 26 points, four steals and seven blocked shots and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in Connecticut's victory over Dallas.

Ogwumike was 9 of 15 from the field and 8 of 8 from the free-throw line.

Jasmine Thomas had 20 points and three blocked shots " both season highs " for Connecticut (7-16).

Odyssey Sims led Dallas (9-15) with 20 points and eight assists, and Courtney Paris added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Wings, who have lost five in a row.

At Seattle, Jewell Loyd scored 25 points and Beanna Stewart added 22 points and five blocked shots in the Storm's victory which extended San Antonio's streak to five straight losses.

Moriah Jefferson led San Antonio with 25 points.

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