Mystics fall to the Sun

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Mystics fall to the Sun

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kara Lawson scored 17 points and Tina Charles had 16 as the Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut Sun beat the last-place Washington Mystics 77-70 on Tuesday for their third straight win. Tan White added 11 points for the Sun (13-4), which improved to a league-best 7-1 on the road after winning just six times away from home a year ago. Connecticut has won all three meetings with Washington this season and the last seven overall. The Sun shot 7 for 13 (54 percent) on 3-pointers, led by Lawson's 3-for-5 effort. Crystal Langhorne scored 15 points and Michelle Snow had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Mystics (3-13). Matee Ajavon added 13 points, Monique Currie had 12 and Noelle Quinn 10 for the Mystics. Washington finished with a 38-23 rebounding edge, but has lost three straight and seven of its last eight. After trailing by 11 in the fourth quarter, the Mystics used a 12-4 run to pull to 67-64 on Currie's bank shot with 2:59 to go. However, White converted a three-point play as the Sun shot 8 for 9 on free throws in the final 2:01 to seal the win. After letting a 14-point first quarter lead slip away, the Sun took the lead for good with a 15-2 run bridging the third and fourth quarters. Connecticut scored seven straight points to close the third, capped by White's 3 for a 55-50 lead. After Langhorne's layup to open the fourth, White sank another shot from beyond the arc during an 8-0 surge as the Sun stretched the lead to 63-52. The Mystics then made their final push. The Sun got off to a fast start, making 11 consecutive shots in the first quarter to take a 26-12 lead. However, they slowed dramatically after that and Washington took advantage. Ajavon made one of her three 3s to give the Mystics a 39-38 lead with 7:01 to go in the third quarter. The teams then played close until the Sun's big run. The teams play again Wednesday night at Connecticut.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast - No adjustments needed

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast - No adjustments needed

Kevin Shattenkirk joins JJ Regan in Episode 9 of the Capitals Faceoff Podcast to talk about his adjustment to the Caps.

JJ is also joined by Capitals insider Tarik El-Bashir to talk about the goal race between T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin, the evolving playoff picture and JJ yells about offside challenges...again.

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Wizards' habit of complaining to game officials backfires in loss to Clippers

Wizards' habit of complaining to game officials backfires in loss to Clippers

LOS ANGELES -- Remembering the last time the Wizards came back to beat them in the fourth quarter, the L.A. Clippers weren't about to allow that to happen again. That was especially true after they blew a double-digit, fourth-quarter lead in a loss to the Sacramento Kings in the previous game.

Markieff Morris got the Wizards out to a fast start by making their first three-pointer. His efficiency scoring, much like in the 117-110 over the Clippers in December, was there. Unfortunately for him, he only lasted 15 minutes because of a third-quarter ejection. 

Morris made 4 of 6 shots and had 14 points, but he couldn't keep his cool -- again -- and it cost them dearly. He was hit with separate technical fouls in a span of 74 seconds of the third quarter.  

"We've got to control our emotions. Obviously he said something," coach Scott Brooks said after the 133-124 loss. "That's part of the game that we have to continue to improve on. We've been good the last four or five games but when you say you're pretty good the last four or five games it means you're really not that good. We got to do a better job with that. I thougth they did a good job of being physical with us and we at times complain too much."

Morris was part of a double technical with Blake Griffin. But he was limited in his time on the floor because of common foul trouble. He picked up his first just 50 seconds into the game. By 7:17 of the first, he had his second foul and went immediately to the bench. 

Morris was hardly the only player in jeopardy because of infractions. Ian Mahinmi had three fouls in just seven minutes of play in the first half. Bradley Beal had three in 19 minutes. Kelly Oubre finished with five fouls in 25 minutes. Mahinmi eventually fouled out with six in the same time on the floor. 

"Some calls were great calls. Some calls they got baited into," Wall said of the officiating which led to the Clippers having a 10-1 edge in foul shots after the first quarter. "Sometimes the refs get baited into making the wrong decision. They admit to it afterwards."

Wall, who had five fouls, has 14 technical fouls and can't reach 16 or he'll serve an automatic one-game suspension. That'll reset after the regular season is complete. 

Morris picked up his ninth and 10th technicals. With just seven games left, he should be able to stay comfortably below the suspension threshold. 

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