If the Washington Mystics are going to make the playoffs, Sunday's performance could serve as an example of how to play down the stretch.
Crystal Langhorne scored 18 points and the Mystics held on for a 74-63 victory over the Connecticut Sun despite having a 21-point lead shrink to four late.
''We're just trying to survive in the playoff race,'' said Mystics coach Mike Thibault, who spent the past 10 seasons coaching the Sun before he was fired last November. ''That's the only focus we have right now. That's all we talk to our players about.''
Ivory Latta added 14 points, including a crucial late 3-pointer to help seal the victory for the Mystics (11-13), who won their second straight to keep hold of sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Monique Currie added 12 points and Michelle Snow grabbed 10 rebounds for Washington, which equaled its win total from the past two seasons combined.
The Mystics last qualified for the postseason in 2010.
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