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Lynx claim ninth straight playoff spot

The Minnesota Lynx clinched their ninth consecutive WNBA Playoffs appearance after defeating the Chicago Sky 93-85 on Tuesday night.

Sylvia Fowles had a season-high 25 points and 12 rebounds, moving into third on the WNBA career rebounding list in her team’s impressive showing that secured them another playoff berth.

Fowles has 3,307 career rebounds, passing Lisa Leslie and trailing Tamika Catchings (3,316) and Rebekkah Brunson (3,356).

Chicago guard Courtney Vandersloot also set a league record, breaking her single-season assists record on an inbounds pass to Diamond DeShields early in the third quarter. Vandersloot had five assists in the first quarter to tie her mark of 258 and she finished the game with 10.

Odyssey Sims had 23 points and eight assists for Minnesota, which swept Chicago this season. Napheesa Collier added 19 points. Damiris Dantas had 17 points and 10 boards and Danielle Robinson scored nine as the starters scored every point for Minnesota.

Cheyenne Parker scored 22 points, Diamond DeShields added 19 and Astou Ndour had 17 for Chicago.

In other Tuesday night results, the Indiana Fever beat the Las Vegas Aces 86-71, the Washington Mystics defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 95-66, the Connecticut Sun beat the Seattle Storm 89-70, while the Phoenix Mercury defeated the New York Liberty 95-82.

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