Ajavon helps Mystics rally from 24-down to win



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matee Ajavon scored 27 points and the Washington Mystics overcame a 22-point deficit in the second half to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 89-85 in overtime on Sunday.

The Mystics (3-10) trailed by as many as 24 points in the first half and were down by 14 heading into the fourth quarter before surging back. Washington scored the first five points of overtime to go ahead 82-77 on Marissa Coleman’s layup.

Crystal Langhorne finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Coleman added 10 and nine boards for Washington, which snapped a five-game losing streak.

The Mystics, who scored 29 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime, went ahead for the first time since the opening quarter when Coleman’s 3-pointer made it 73-70 with 1:40 remaining in regulation.

Kristi Toliver led the Sparks (6-7) with 21 points, while Jantel Lavender had 13.