Copper scores 20, Mabrey has 19 to help Sky grab last playoff spot with 92-87 win over Lynx


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CHICAGO (AP) Kahleah Copper scored 20 points, Marina Mabrey added 19 and the Chicago Sky clinched the last playoff spot Friday night with a 92-87 win over the Minnesota Lynx.

Chicago's win eliminated the Los Angeles Sparks while Minnesota (19-20) dropped into a tie for the fifth-seed with Atlanta with one game remaining. The season ends Sunday with Chicago (17-22), locked into the eighth seed, playing at Connecticut while Minnesota goes to Indiana.

Dana Evans had seven quick points in the second quarter to spark Chicago, which turned a 19-16 deficit after one quarter into a 44-39 halftime lead. Mabrey's 3-pointer put the Sky on top for good at 35-32 at the 3:17 mark.

Napheesa Collier had a three-point play that pulled the Lynx within 64-62 late in the third quarter but they never got closer as Chicago pushed the lead out to 12.

Collier had 28 points, Diamond Miller 24 and Kayla McBride, who signed a multiyear contract earlier in the day, added 16.

Courtney Williams had 13 points and 11 assists for the Sky, who overcame injuries and a coaching change in the middle of the season to make the playoffs.

Wade left the team on July 1 to become an assist with the Toronto with Emre Vatansever replacing him as the coach/general manager.

AP WNBA: https://apnews.com/hub/wnba-basketball

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