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      Bird scores 16, lifts Storm past Mystics 73-65

      WASHINGTON (AP) Sue Bird scored a season-high 16 points and the Seattle Storm avoided their second 0-4 start in franchise history with a 73-65 victory over the Washington Mystics on Saturday night.

      Bird sank a 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining to give the Storm (1-3) a 67-60 lead after Washington pulled within four points using a 7-0 run. Camille Little had 15 points and Tanisha Wright added 14.

      Crystal Langhorne, who spent her first six seasons with Washington before a draft day trade sent her to Seattle, had 14 rebounds and 6 points.

      Emma Meesseman scored 12 points for the Mystics (1-2), who fell to 0-2 at home this season.

      Washington committed 12 of its 16 turnovers in the first half, but still entered halftime with a 26-24 lead.

      The Storm lost four straight to open their inaugural 2000 season en route to a league-worst 6-26 record.

      Seattle returns to action Tuesday at New York.
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