Jasmine Thomas scored 27 points and the Connecticut Sun beat the L.A. Sparks 89-86 on Sunday to secure the fourth seed in the WNBA playoffs.
Connecticut (21-13) will have a first-round bye and host the winner of No. 5 seed Phoenix Mercury and eighth-seeded Dallas Wings in the second round. L.A. (19-15) took the sixth seed and will host the No. 7 seed Minnesota Lynx in the first round.
The Sun led 82-72 on Jonquel Jones' 3-point play with 1:51 left. The Sparks rallied to within 86-84 on Candace Parker's 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left, but Thomas hit a pair of free throws with 4.0 seconds left and added a technical free throw with 1.2 seconds left to cap the scoring.
Jones added 17 points and nine rebounds for Connecticut, and Courtney Williams had 13 points.