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Milton-Jones' double-double helps Mystics hold off Sky

WASHINGTON -- Delisha Milton-Jones had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Washington held on for a 71-66 victory over Chicago on Sunday that moved the Mystics ahead of the Sky in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Washington's 69-56 lead shrank to five points in a minute-and-a-half stretch late in the fourth quarter. But Chicago went the last two minutes of the game with just one basket and Coco Miller hit two free-throws with 4.6 seconds left to put the Mystics (12-15) a game ahead of Chicago (12-17) with two weeks left in the regular season.

Alana Beard added 18 points for Washington, and Miller had 16 points, tying a career-high with three 3-pointers.

Candice Dupree scored 18 points to lead the Sky after missing Friday's game against Detroit for a family funeral. Chastity Melvin had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Dominique Canty scored 11 for Chicago, which has won just four of its last 13 games.

Washington led 40-33 on Beard's jumper with just under 30 seconds left in the first half. Sparked by inside looks by Canty, Dupree and Melvin, Chicago then went on an 11-0 run that carried into the second half.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Beard and Miller put the Mystics back ahead 48-47 with under five minutes left in the third. Gillian Goring added to the lead with a pair of putbacks, then blocked Dupree under the basket to bring the crowd to its feet. Miller drained another 3 that put Washington up 57-52 with 40 seconds left in the quarter, and the Mystics never trailed again.

The Mystics have seven games left, but five are on the road, including a four-game Western Conference swing that starts at San Antonio on Tuesday. Five games remain for Chicago, which is trying to make the playoffs for the first time in its two-year history.