The Washington Times - July 18, 2009, 11:27PM

Thnks largely to point guard Lindsey Harding, the Mystics squeaked out a 68-67 win over the New York Liberty tonight at Verizon Center to move to 7-6.

The Mystics’ point guard had 23 points, 7, rebounds and 5 assists, and made two clutch free throws with 8.2 seconds left to put Washington up two possessions. Harding has been the elite point guard the Mystics hoped she would be, and if you ask All-Star Alana Beard, the most important player to Washington’s success this season.

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Tonight’s performance was just another in Harding’s stellar month: she has averaged 18 points a game this month and is pushing for a playoff spot.

However, all wasn’t well for the Mystics. They have had a tendency to blow leads this season, and almost did it again tonight. They took a 16-point lead into the 4th quarter and only managed to win by a point. 

“We weren’t doing what got us that lead. We were pushing it and attacking a lot more,” Harding said. “We had like two or three turnovers and they scored on them and I just wanted to completely slow the ball down and take care of the ball. But that is something that’s outside of our game. So I just said, ‘Forget it, let’s keep attacking,’ and that got us a little bit of a lead.”

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with first-place Indiana coming to the District on Tuesday.