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Stars try to find footing in D.C. against Mystics


The San Antonio Stars had their season-high three-game winning streak snapped against the Washington Mystics. On Sunday they have a chance to return the favor.

Washington (7-9) dropped four in a row before an 81-70 victory in San Antonio on Tuesday. The Mystics shot 50.8 percent – their third-best performance this year – and outscored the Stars 14-6 in the final seven minutes to pull away.

The Mystics now seek to match their three-game win streak from May 30-June 5 by earning a fourth consecutive victory over San Antonio (7-8).

The Stars, meanwhile, will try to avoid a season-high third consecutive loss after falling 81-79 to visiting Atlanta on Thursday. San Antonio trailed by 14 with 3:37 remaining before going on an 11-0 run.

Jia Perkins scored a team-best 17 points before leaving in the third quarter with a strained right hamstring. It’s unclear if she’ll be available in the Stars’ attempt for a fourth consecutive road victory.

San Antonio, riding its longest road winning streak since a franchise-best seven-game run in 2012, is opening a season-high four-game trip which spans seven days.

“We’re an average team right now. What we talked about is here’s a chance for us to come together and become a good basketball team,” Hughes said. “I think that’s what you’ve got to do when you’re on the road like that. … Sometimes, it’s a great chance for the team to understand how to pull together.”

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