Tina Thompson and Camille Little each scored 18 points and the Seattle Storm beat the Connecticut Sun, 78-65, at KeyArena on Thursday night to tie Phoenix for third place in the Western Conference,
Temeka Johnson added 12 points and nine assists, and Shekinna Stricklen had 11 points for the Storm.
Seattle has won five of its past six games to improve to 15-14 and reduce its magic number to clinch a WNBA-record 10th consecutive playoff berth to one.
The Storm maintained its hold on the Western Conference’s fourth and final playoff spot. Seattle can clinch with one more win or one more San Antonio loss.
Seattle has gone 9-4 after opening 6-10, rallying to overcome the season-long absences of injured stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson.
Tina Charles led Connecticut (7-21) with 18 points, Renee Montgomery added 15 and Tan White 12.
The Sun has lost six in a row. Connecticut is close to being eliminated from the postseason a year after winning the Eastern Conference regular-season title.
Connecticut trailed by double figures for most of the game’s final 34 minutes.
Seattle hit 48.9 percent of its field-goal attempts and was 26-for-33 from the free-throw line, making four more free throws than the Sun attempted.
Connecticut had a miserable shooting game, going 23-for-61 (37.7 percent) from the field and 1-for-10 on 3-pointers.
The Sun finishes its western swing by playing at Phoenix on Saturday.