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Cambage guides Wings past Mystics in record-setting victory

Cambage guides Wings past Mystics in record-setting victory

Wings center Liz Cambage followed a record-setting 53-point performance with 35 points and 17 rebounds on Thursday. The 88 points scored over back-to-back games is the most in WNBA history.

Dallas went on to defeat the Washington Mystics, 90-81, improving to 14-9 on the season. The Wings saw five players finish in double figures, including Kayla Thornton (15), Glory Johnshon (13), Azurá Stevens (11) and Allisha Gray (10).

Skylar Diggins-Smith notched seven assists despite failing to register a field goal in the win. The four-time All-Star finished with just four points.

The Wings return to action against the Sky at 8 p.m. Friday from Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

Dynamic duo named to Team Parker

Prior to the contest, the All-Star selections were divided into teams chosen by two captains: Sparks center Candace Parker and Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne.

Both selections from the Wings — Cambage and Diggins-Smith — will be joining team Parker. At least the dynamic duo will remain together during the festivities.

Cambage currently ranks second in both points (22.0) and rebounds (9.5) per game. The 6-foot-8 center is tied for third in blocks per game (1.8) and is shooting the fourth-best field goal percentage across the league while registering 14 shots per contest.

Cambage owns the highest field goal percentage of any player taking at least 12 shots per game, courtesy of WNBA stats.

Diggins-Smith is second and third, respectively, among active WNBA players in steals and assists, managing 1.6 takeaways while dishing 6.5 helpers per game.

She also ranks just ahead of Lynx guard Maya Moore in scoring, Diggins-Smith’s 18.4 points per game is the ninth-best among all WNBA players.

Playoff implications

With the victory, the Wings are comfortably wedged in a tie for third place while the Mystics dropped to seventh.

The top eight teams will make the playoffs, regardless of conference, and Dallas boasts 9-3 home record while the Wings are 8-2 over their previous 10 contests. Dallas faces Chicago on Friday. The Sky are 7-16 on the season and 3-7 over their last 10 matchups.

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