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WNBA Finals: Sun force Game 5 after dramatic win over Mystics

After a dominant first quarter, where they outscored the Mystics 32-17, the Sun kept their composure down the stretch to win 90-86.

The 2019 WNBA Finals are heading to the nation's capital for a decisive Game 5.

The Connecticut Sun hosted the Washington Mystics Tuesday with the Sun facing a must-win situation.

After a dominant first quarter, where they outscored the Mystics 32-17, the Sun kept their composure down the stretch even after seemingly losing it.

Connecticut came away with a 90-86 win to tie the best-of-five series at 2-2.

"We just needed to get back to what we were doing in the first quarter," Alyssa Thomas said, in part, after the game. "We came out with low energy in the third [quarter] and it was just about staying calm and doing what we do."

A barrage of late 3-pointers from both teams were just a few of the highlights to come out of Game 4.

Courtney Williams, who has had a breakout performance in the playoffs and provided a number of highlights of her own, finished with 16 points for the Sun while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out four assists.

Thomas was one of the better shooters for Connecticut and finished with 17 points. She trailed only Jonquel Jones, who finished with a game-high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

All five of the Sun's starters scored in double figures while three of the Mystics, along with two reserves, reached that mark.

Aerial Powers led the losing efforts with 15 points while Ariel Atkins chipped in 14. The 2019 MVP Elena Delle Donne netted 11 on 5-of-8 shooting for Washington.

Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

Either outcome will give each franchise its first-ever WNBA title.