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Fire Stomp Mystics 67-65

August 3, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Ukari Figgs scored 16 points as the Portland Fire handed the Washington Mystics their season-high fifth straight loss, 67-65 Friday night.

The Mystics fell a game behind the New York Liberty, who beat the Miami Sol, in the Eastern Conference. The Fire (16-13), fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, snapped a three-game road losing streak.

Chamique Holdsclaw led the Mystics (15-11) with 26 points and nine rebounds. Annie Burgess added 11 points and Muriel Page had a season-high six assists.

Sylvia Crawley scored 11 points for Portland and DeMya Walker added 10. Alisa Burras finished with eight points and 11 rebounds, including the crucial grab of teammate Walker’s missed shot with seven seconds left.

Tamicha Jackson missed two free throws with 3.1 seconds left but knocked her own rebound out of bounds, leaving just 1.4 seconds for the Mystics, who failed to get a final shot in losing their fourth straight at home.

The Mystics missed five free throws in the final four minutes.

Holdsclaw scored 11 straight points for Washington and the Mystics pulled to 65-63 on her steal and layup with 3:30 remaining. They tied it at 65 on Miller’s three-point play with 2:02 left.

Figgs scored eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to spark the Fire on an 18-7 run midway through the second half, capped by Crawley’s layup for a 61-50 lead with 9:18 left.

The Mystics led by as many as seven points in a first half that featured six lead changes and two ties.

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