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Caitlin Clark Shatters Records and Mystics’ Hopes in a Thrilling Showdown!

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There’s a saying in basketball: you can’t dwell on the last shot. For Caitlin Clark, that philosophy couldn’t be more true. After a rough outing in her previous game, the WNBA rookie superstar bounced back in a major way, leading the Indiana Fever to a thrilling 85-83 victory over the Washington Mystics.

This wasn’t just any win for Clark. It was a statement game. The No. 1 overall pick exploded for 30 points, a career-high seven 3-pointers, eight rebounds, six assists, and four steals. It was a dazzling display of offensive firepower and hustle, a complete performance that electrified the sold-out crowd in Washington D.C.

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Just days earlier, Clark had experienced the harsh reality of professional basketball. In a lopsided loss, she managed only three points on a dismal 1-for-10 shooting night. The weight of that performance could have easily lingered. But the Fever, with a much-needed four-day break, entered Friday’s game with a renewed focus.

And Clark? She came out blazing. From beyond the arc, she was on fire, draining seven of her 13 attempts, several of them with breathtaking accuracy. This wasn’t just efficient scoring; it was highlight-reel material. Her previous best for made 3-pointers was a mere four. Now, with seven, she etched her name in the WNBA record books, tying Crystal Robinson’s mark set all the way back in 1999.

The game wasn’t without its drama. Clark, despite her brilliance, also committed eight turnovers. In the closing seconds, a missed free throw gave the Mystics a chance to steal the victory. But Washington faltered, unable to get a shot off before the buzzer sounded, sealing their fate.

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The win is a much-needed boost for the Indiana Fever, who improve to 3-9 on the season. For the Mystics, the loss deepens their woes. At 0-11, they’re tied for the fourth-worst start in WNBA history.

Up next for Clark and the Fever is a daunting task: a road matchup with the undefeated Connecticut Sun. The Sun, boasting a 9-0 record, are off to one of the hottest starts in league history. Clark, fresh off her redemption performance, will be looking to continue her hot streak and challenge the league’s best. The Mystics, meanwhile, will try to snap their losing skid against the New York Liberty.

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