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Collier, McBride lead Lynx to win over Wings, tightening playoff race

Minnesota Lynx Napheesa Collier Napheesa Collier - The Canadian Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Napheesa Collier scored 25 points, Kayla McBride added 20 and the Minnesota Lynx picked up the 450th win in franchise history with a 90-81 victory over the Dallas Wings on Thursday night.

Tiffany Mitchell added 11 points for the Lynx (17-17), who closed within a game of Dallas for the fourth playoff spot with six games remaining. McBride made four 3-pointers to reach 500 for her career.

Teaira McCowan had 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Wings (18-16). Awak Kuier scored 12 points and Arike Ogunbowale and Crystal Dangerfield added 10 each.

Minnesota was up 50-48 at halftime and opened the third quarter with a 14-0 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from McBride and Dorka Juhasz, and three baskets by Collier. Rachel Banham's pullup jumper just before the buzzer had the Lynx up 71-60 entering the fourth quarter.

Dallas scored the first nine points of the fourth and got within 74-73 on a layup by Natasha Howard but McBride answered with a 3. Twice McCowan got the Wings back within one, but Collier made six free throws and McBride had another clutch 3 as the Lynx pulled away.