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Jewell Loyd scores 27, Storm top short-handed Mystics 81-77

Seattle’s Jewell Loyd, left, seen playing against Phoenix on May 20, led the Storm to an 81-77 win over Washington on Tuesday. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Seattle’s Jewell Loyd, left, seen playing against Phoenix on May 20, led the Storm to an 81-77 win over Washington on Tuesday. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
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SEATTLE – Jewell Loyd scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Breanna Stewart added 25 points and the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 81-77 on Tuesday night.

Seattle passed it around the perimeter in the closing seconds and Loyd was left wide open for a baseline jumper to extend their lead to 80-77. Washington inbounded it with 6.4 seconds left but Natasha Howard intercepted a pass and sealed it at the free-throw line.

Howard finished with 14 points and seven rebounds for Seattle (4-1). Loyd was 10 of 18 from the field with three of the Storm’s seven 3-pointers.

Kristi Toliver scored 17 of her 20 points in the first half and Tianna Hawkins added 17 for Washington (4-1). Myisha Hines-Allen had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Washington was without star Elena Delle Donne. She played only 13 minutes on Sunday because of dehydration.

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