Bird tie WNBA wins record, Storm guides past Mystics

Sue Bird scored 12 points and equaled the WNBA record for career wins as the Seattle Storm defeated the Washington Mystics 85-71 Thursday night.

Bird, playing at home for the first time since announcing last week that she will retire at the end of the season, has tied with Minnesota star Lindsay Whalen for the most career wins at 323.

Jewell Loyd hit six 3-pointers for 22 points and Breanna Stewart had 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Seattle.

Washington drew within 69-67 after consecutive 3-pointers from Elena Delle Donne and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough before Seattle made a crucial 14-2 run and restored a double-digit lead.

Ezi Magbegor scored 20 points and Bird added eight assists for Seattle (11-6). The Storm made 12 3-pointers and scored 45.6% overall.

Delle Donne led Washington (11-9) by 20 points in just 29 minutes. Myisha Hines-Allen had 12 points and Ariel Atkins and Alysha Clark each had 11. Clark has surpassed 2,000 career points.

Parker leads Sky past Sparks

Candace Parker set a WNBA record with her third career triple-double Thursday night, leading the Chicago Sky past the Los Angeles Sparks by 82-59.

Parker finished the tournament with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, and managed the feat in three quarters. It was her second triple-double of the season and the third of her career, putting her past Sheryl Swoopes, Courtney Vandersloot and Sabrina Ionescu, who have two each.

Parker, who was playing her former team for the first time in Los Angeles, also moved up to fifth in league history for blocks and eighth for assists.

Vandersloot and Azura Stevens each scored 15 points for Chicago (12-5). Emma Meesseman added 11 points and Rebekah Gardner scored 10.

Chicago led 54-25 at halftime behind 12 points from Stevens and 11 from Vandersloot.

Nneka Ogwumike scored 15 points and Brittney Sykes added 13 for Los Angeles (6-10), which was 10 of 40 shooting (25.6%). Liz Cambage played 16 minutes and scored six points.

Lynx defeats Mercury

Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 10 rebounds on her return from injury and Moriah Jefferson had 21 points as the Minnesota Lynx defeated the Phoenix Mercury 100-88 Thursday night.

Minnesota (5-13) has won 17 of their last 20 encounters with Phoenix, including an 84-71 win on Tuesday.

Fowles was sidelined for five games with a cartilage injury in his right knee. She averaged 16.5 points and 10.3 rebounds in 12 games and was 7 of 12 off the field in 22 minutes of limited action.

Kayla McBride and Damiris Dantas each had 15 points, and Aerial Powers had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Minnesota, which was a season-high for points.

Jefferson scored 12 points in the first half and Dantas added 11 as Minnesota led 60-48. Three Phoenix starters had double digits in the first half and Skylar Diggins-Smith had nine points.

Tina Charles ended with 26 points and Diana Taurasi added 23 for Phoenix (6-12). Diggins-Smith finished the race with 14 points and Shey Peddy added 12.

Wings conquer fever

Arike Ogunbowale hit six 3-pointers for 24 points, Isabelle Harrison added 16 points and the Dallas Wings defeated the Indiana Fever 94-68 Thursday night.

Ogunbowale shot 6 of 9 from 3-point range and added six assists and five steals. She scored 16 points in the first half, including 13 in the first quarter. Dallas led 55-38 at the break after shooting 50% from the field, including 8 of 14 from 3-point range.

Teaira McCowan had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas (9-9). Marina Mabrey added three 3-pointers and shot 3 of 13 from the field.

Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana (5-14) with 22 points and rookie queen Egbo had her first double-double of her career with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Victoria Vivians added 10 points for the Fever, which had 18 turnovers and scored 39.7%.

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