Dream top Mystics 95-73, close in on playoff spot



ATLANTA (AP) — Armintie Price scored 19 points, Angel McCoughtry added 16 and fill-in starter Alison Bales had a career-high 15 for the Dream in a 95-73 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night that moved Atlanta within one win of clinching a playoff berth.

The Dream (17-14) have won nine of their past 12 games, and the 2010 WNBA finalists hold the fourth and final playoff spot in the East. They need a win over their final three games or a loss by fifth-place Chicago (14-16) to sew up a playoff spot.

The 6-foot-7 Bales made three 3-pointers to push her season total to five and edge Atlanta closer to its third postseason in a row.

Rookie guard Jasmine Thomas scored a career-high 19 points for Washington (6-25) and All-Star forward Crystal Langhorne added 15.