WASHINGTON — Two seasons ago, Minnesota Lynx forward Aerial Powers was a key contributor on the Washington Mystics’ march to their first-ever WNBA championship. On Sunday, Powers was key in making sure the Mystics will not get that same opportunity to win a championship in 2021.
Powers scored 27 points, including four free throws in the final minute of the contest, as the Lynx held off the Mystics 83-77 in the season finale for both teams at the Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington, DC. The win clinched the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the WNBA Playoffs for the Lynx, while the Mystics, who would have clinched the No. 8 seed with a victory, are officially eliminated from postseason contention. (Los Angeles’ loss in Dallas allowed the New York Liberty to secure the league’s final playoff spot.)
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Sunday afternoon’s game, with all the photos produced by DC-area photographer Yusuf Abdullah. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 11 pictures in total.