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New York Liberty lose again, their 17th straight over two years

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The New York Liberty are teaching Joe Tsai patience. For the 17th time over two years, his WNBA club lost, this time to the Washington Mystics, 94-85, at the Westchester County Center. The Liberty are now 0-4 on the season and in last place in the league’s Eastern Conference.

New York is a mere three losses from the WNBA record of 20 straight losses held by the now-defunct Tulsa franchise in 2011. The Liberty have tasted victory only in the preseason, beating the Chinese Women’s National Team on May 9 at Barclays Center. This is Tsai’s first season as the Liberty owner, having bought the team from James Dolan in January.

Natasha Cloud scored a career-high 26 points for Washington and the Mystics had five players in double figures. Tina Charles, now the Liberty’s all-time career scorer and the WNBA’s points leader at 23.8 ppg, led the way with 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting and six rebounds. Three other Liberty players were in double figures, among them rookie Asia Durr, the overall No. 2 in this year’s Draft, who had 11.

The game was closer than most of the Liberty’s losses. Washington (3-1) held a 74-70 lead in the fourth before scoring five straight points — the first three coming on a 3-point play by Tianna Hawkins. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough followed with a basket to make it a nine-point game.

The game drew 1,567 fans,

The Liberty play again in Westchester at 3 p.m. on Sunday vs. the Las Vegas Aces. D’Angelo Russell has reportedly been dating Aces point guard Kelsey Plum. The games will be broadcast live on FOX Sports GO.