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Associated Press, Published August 08 2013

Ajavon lifts Mystics to win over Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – Matee Ajavon scored on a driving layup with 21.3 seconds remaining and the Washington Mystics ended a four-game losing streak with a 79-75 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday night.

Ivory Latta had 24 points for Washington (10-13), which moved percentage points ahead of New York for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Monique Currie had 20 points, including two free throws with 3 seconds left, and Ajavon 18.

Maya Moore scored 24 points and Lindsay Whalen had 19 for the Lynx (17-4), who lost for the first time in 11 games and ended an 18-game home winning streak. Minnesota has lost twice to Washington and twice to Los Angeles.

Minnesota center Janel McCarville missed the game with a concussion, sustained in Tuesday's win at San Antonio. Coach Cheryl Reeve said she is day-to-day.

Washington 22 23 16 18 – 79

Minnesota 21 19 18 17 – 75

WASHINGTON (79): Currie 7-14 5-5 20, Langhorne 5-11 0-0 10, Snow 1-5 0-0 2, Ajavon 7-17 4-4 18, Latta 9-11 2-2 24, Hill 0-3 1-2 1, Ruffin-Pratt 0-0 0-0 0, Vaughn 1-3 0-0 2, Meesseman 1-2 0-0 2, McKenith 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-68 12-13 79.

MINNESOTA (75): M.Moore 9-15 2-3 24, Brunson 4-11 0-0 8, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Augustus 7-16 3-4 18, Whalen 8-18 3-4 19, Peters 0-0 0-0 0, Wright 1-4 4-4 6, Rodgers 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-67 12-15 75.

3-Point Goals: Washington 5-16 (Latta 4-6, Currie 1-4, McKenith 0-1, Hill 0-2, Ajavon 0-3), Minnesota 5-13 (M.Moore 4-7, Augustus 1-4, Rodgers 0-1, Harris 0-1). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Washington 48 (Snow 11), Minnesota 31 (Brunson 7). Assists: Washington 15 (Ajavon 5), Minnesota 17 (Whalen 5). Total Fouls: Washington 18, Minnesota 11. Technicals: Langhorne, Minnesota defensive three second. A: 8,723 (9,181).