Jones leads Sun to fourth straight win

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Jones leads Sun to fourth straight win

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- The Connecticut Sun honored their two Olympians, Asjha Jones and Tina Charles, after Wednesday night's final home game before the London Games.

Jones and Charles held up their end of the bargain against the Washington Mystics. The Sun's post combination led their team to their fourth-straight win an 85-73 victory.

Jones had 22 points and nine rebounds while Charles added 17 points and seven rebounds.

Kara Lawson had 19 points, four assists and a game-high three steals for Connecticut (14-4).

Crystal Langhorne had 19 points and six rebounds for Washington (3-14) and Michelle Snow added 12 points and seven rebounds.

Jones scored her team's first six points and shot 10-of-21 from the floor.

"I was feeling pretty good in warm-ups," Jones said. "One of the first couple of plays we ran was for me to get the ball inside. I made the first shot, and then just kept trying to be aggressive from there."

Jones missed eight of 12 shots in Tuesday's 77-70 win at Washington.

"At our place, I thought we did a pretty good job on her," Mystics coach Trudi Lacey said. "(Tonight showed) why she's an Olympian. She really elevated her game and is tough to stop."

Charles made seven of her 14 field goals.

"With the two of them, it makes it really tough," Lacey said. "We went to try to slow Charles down and Asjha gets going. We try to slow Asjha down and Charles gets going. I really think that was the difference in the game."

The Sun close the first-half of the season at the Chicago Sky on Friday.

The Mystics plays at the New York Liberty that same day.

Washington trailed by 14 points early in the second half when Monique Currie got her team going. She scored five straight points to start a run, and Natalie Novosel ended it with a 3-pointer to cut the Mystics deficit to 53-49 with less than four minutes remainingin the third quarter.

Tan White came off the bench and instantly gave the Sun a spark with a 3-pointer. She added a layup to push Connecticut ahead, 62-49, with less than a minute left in the quarter.

Washington played from behind for most of the first half, but made a late 8-2 run. Snow had back-to-back baskets to start the run.

Two free throws by Novosel cut Connecticut's lead to 36-33 with more than a minute left.

The Sun scored the final baskets of the half. Jones' offensive rebound led to a Lawson bank shot, and Jones added a put-back to give the Sun a 40-33 halftime advantage.

Jones made an open jumper from almost the top of the key to give the Sun a 30-19 lead a minute into the second quarter, their biggest lead of that half.

Connecticut used a 10-0 first quarter run to pull ahead early in the first quarter. Charles had two baskets during that stretch, and Lawson finished it with a steal and an open layup in transition to give the Sun an 18-8 lead with over five minutes left.

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Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (1) Wes Unseld vs. (16) Juwan Howard

Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (1) Wes Unseld vs. (16) Juwan Howard

CSN is running a bracket to determine the best player in Wizards/Bullets franchise history. There are 16 players in a four-round tournament. The first round will be voted on by fans, while the rest will be determined by our analysts. The winner will be revealed during an hour-long special called 'Best of the Best' on Friday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. on CSN.

Here is today's matchup...

No. 1 WES UNSELD vs. No. 16 JUWAN HOWARD

Wes Unseld

Years with franchise: 13
Stats: 10.8 ppg, 14.0 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg, 0.6 bpg, 50.9 FG%
Accolades: Hall of Famer, NBA champion, 5-time All-Star, All-NBA, MVP, Rookie of the Year, Finals MVP, All-Rookie

Summary: The second overall pick out of Louisville in 1968, Unseld immediately made a profound impact on the franchise. They made the playoffs in his first season and the NBA Finals in his third. That was the first of four finals appearances in nine years with Unseld manning the middle. He was a driving force for their lone NBA championship in 1978 when they beat the Seattle Supersonics.

Unseld was known for his rebounding, outlet passes and hard screens. He helped engineer the franchise's glory days with 12 playoff appearances in his 13 NBA seasons. After his playing days, Unseld served many roles for the franchise including general manager and head coach.

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Juwan Howard

Years with franchise: 7
Stats: 18.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.3 bpg, 47.8 FG%
Accolades: All-Star, All-NBA, All-Rookie

Summary: Howard played the first seven of his 19 NBA seasons with Washington. The first three were with the Bullets before they changed their name to the Wizards. The fifth overall pick out of Michigan in 1994, Howard made the All-Rookie team by averaging 17 points and 8.4 rebounds. Alongside his college teammate Chris Webber, Howard and the Bullets made the playoffs in 1996-97, the only postseason appearance for Washington from 1988 until 2005, a span of 17 years. Howards' Bullets met Michael Jordan's Bulls in the first round and were swept in three games.

Howard was later traded by Jordan once he took over in the Wizards' front office. He shipped Howard to the Dallas Mavericks in an eight-player deal. In that trade the Wizards acquired five players including Hubert Davis and Christian Laettner.

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Report: 'There isn't a real price that will make Kirk Cousins happy' with Redskins

Report: 'There isn't a real price that will make Kirk Cousins happy' with Redskins

Following a slew of reports that cast doubt on the Redskins reaching a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins, ESPN's Dianna Russini tweeted Tuesday that the impass is not about money. 

If the report is true, then Washington has run out of good options for retaining Cousins in the long term.

It's possible the team could use a third-straight franchise tag to keep him next season, but the price tag around $34 million would be astronomical for one season.

The transition tag would be worth in the neighborhood of $28 million. 

Russini doesn't elaborate on the reasons behind her report that Cousins wouldn't be happy in Washington regardless of price. But it's important to note that both teams and players have incentive to create leverage in contract negotiations through the media. 

The Redskins have until July 17 to reach a long-term deal with Cousins. 

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