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Peddy’s buzzer-beating 3 for Mercury sends Mystics home

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Phoenix Mercury guard Shey Peddy, front, and teammates forward Brianna Turner, center, center Kia Vaughn, left, and guard Skylar Diggins-Smith, rear, react after Peddy scored the game-winning shot as time expired during the team’s WNBA basketball first-round playoff game against the Washington Mystics on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla.

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Shey Peddy made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Phoenix Mercury an 85-84 victory over the defending champion Washington Mystics on Tuesday night in the first round of the playoffs.

Fifth-seeded Phoenix moves on to play No. 4 seed Minnesota on Thursday in the second round.

Washington guard Leilani Mitchell went 1 of 2 from the free-throw line with 5.8 seconds to go for an 84-82 lead. After a timeout, Diana Taurasi inbounded it to Skylar Diggins-Smith, who drove the lane and lofted a pass over the defense across the court to the

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