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Chicago breaks Storm's 15-game home win streak

Candace Dupree had 28 points and rookie Kristie Toliver added a career-high 22 to lead the Chicago Sky to an 86-81 victory Sunday night over Seattle that snapped the Storm’s 15-game, home winning streak.

Dupree made a 3-pointer with 1:16 remaining to give the Sky an 82-79 lead. The Sky (7-7) snapped a four-game losing streak. Dupree fell one point shy of tying her career high.

Lauren Jackson and Tanisha Wright each had 18 points for Seattle (8-5). Swin Cash had 14 points, and Janelle Burse added 13 for Seattle.

Seattle’s winning streak began in June 2008 and continued through the first five home games this season.

Jia Perkins scored 10 straight points for the Sky late in the fourth quarter. The game had nine lead changes and five ties in the final period.

Jackson shot an airball on a 3-pointer in the closing seconds that would have tied the game at 84. Sue Bird missed a short running shot with 15 seconds remaining.

Syliva Fowles had four points and five rebounds for the Sky after missing four games because of a sore right knee.

Toliver and Dupree each had 14 points in the first half to help give the Sky a 42-34 lead late in the second quarter. Toliver made four 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.

Cash and Jackson each had 12 points in the opening half as the Storm rallied to tie the game 42-42 at halftime.

The Storm and Sky alternated leads in the second half. Neither team led by more than four points in the third quarter.

Lynx 83, at Silver Stars 76: Charde Houston scored a career-high 26 points and Roneeka Hodges added 21 to lead Minnesota to a victory over San Antonio.

Houston grabbed eight rebounds and was 10-of-12 from the floor. Hodges shot 7-of-10 from the field for the Lynx (9-5), who shot 53 percent and bounced back from a 16-point home loss to the Silver Stars on Friday.

Houston was 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and Hodges went 4-of-6 — falling one point shy of her career high. Minnesota also got 12 points and eight rebounds from Nicky Anosike.

“The 3-pointer is something I’ve added to my game, so if I’m open I shoot it,” Houston said. “I’d say yes (that’s the best I’ve shot the 3-pointer).

“I was like, ‘That went in. Another one went in. The next one after that and the next one after that,’ so I was excited.”

Becky Hammon scored 26 points and Sophia Young added 18 for the Silver Stars (5-6). San Antonio, the defending Western Conference champion, failed for the fourth time this season to get over the .500 mark.

“I think they had five people in double figures the last game (on Friday night),” Lynx coach Jennifer Gillom said. “We try to contain Hammon. We try to contain Sophia Young, but just don’t let the others get started. I was really impressed with the overall process the whole game. We knew we blew it at home and we had to make up for that lack of focus.”

Minnesota led by 17 less than a minute into the fourth quarter and had a 14-point edge with 4:13 to go when Houston made a baseline jumper at the shot-clock buzzer.

The Lynx led by as many as 12 in the first half after Houston and Hodges were a combined 10-of-12 — including 6-of-7 from 3-point range — for 26 points.

“They made shots,” Hammon said. “They came in with a tougher mentality. We had some people in their faces a couple of times. They just made some shots.”

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