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Alyssa Thomas has 22 points, 11 rebounds, Sun beat Storm 89-70

In this Aug. 23, 2019 photo, Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas shoots over the defense of Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage, center, and forward Tamera Young, left, during a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot / Day via AP)
In this Aug. 23, 2019 photo, Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas shoots over the defense of Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage, center, and forward Tamera Young, left, during a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot / Day via AP)
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SEATTLE – Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double, Courtney Williams scored 17 points and the Connecticut Sun beat the Seattle Storm 89-70 on Tuesday night.

Connecticut (21-9) is a game behind first-place Washington. The top two seeds get a bye to the semifinals, and the third and fourth seeds receive a bye to the second round. Seattle (15-15) has clinched a spot in the playoffs for a chance to repeat as champion.

Jonquel Jones added 10 points for Connecticut, which is 7-8 on the road this season. Thomas scored 20-plus points for the sixth time this season, moving within 17 points of reaching 2,000 for her career. Shekinna Stricklen sank a 3-pointer to move into a tie with Penny Taylor for 20th on the WNBA 3-pointers made list.

Connecticut shot 53% and outrebounded Seattle 43-30 to sweep the season series. Jewell Loyd scored 18 points for Seattle, which has lost four of five. Crystal Langhorne added 12 points. The Storm made 11 of 22 3-pointers.

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