WNBA: Charles leads Mystics past Dream, moves up on rebounds list

Tina Charles had 26 points and 16 rebounds and the Washington Mystics beat the Atlanta Dream 82-74 on Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Washington Mystics' Tina Charles (left) in action.   -  AP

Tina Charles had 26 points and 16 rebounds and the Washington Mystics beat the Atlanta Dream 82-74 on Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Charles moved past Rebekkah Brunson (3,356) for second place on the WNBA career rebounding list, trailing Sylvia Fowles (3,674).

Washington (11-18) moved into a tie with the New York Liberty for eighth — the final playoff spot. The Mystics go on the road to face Chicago and New York, followed by a home game against Minnesota to close the regular season.

Atlanta (7-22) was eliminated from playoff contention.

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Theresa Plaisance had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Washington, and Natasha Cloud added 13 points, six assists and four steals. Courtney Williams led the Dream with 23 points.

Aerial Powers scored 20 points and Kayla McBride added 15 points to help Minnesota beat Indiana.

Minnesota (19-10) moved into a tie with Phoenix for fourth in the WNBA standings. The Lynx face Indiana the next two games and play Washington in the regular-season finale — aiming for a top-four finish and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Sylvia Fowles had 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals and five blocks for Minnesota. Tied at 41 early in the third quarter, the Lynx scored 40 of the next 59 points.

Tiffany Mitchell scored 16 points for Indiana (6-22). Jantel Lavender added 15.

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