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Bullett's 6 steals send Charlotte past Miracle

With 10 years of professional basketball on her resume, Vicky Bullett has been around long enough to know it is not always about points, rebounds and assists.

"I'm always looking to do whatever I can to help my team, and if it's defense, then that's what you'll get from me," Bullett said after her club-record six steals helped the Sting to a 64-60 victory over the Orlando Miracle on Saturday night.

Bullett led a defensive effort that forced 19 turnovers and converted them into 17 points. It was Charlotte's seventh victory in nine games, and it gave the Sting (15-12) a half-game lead over idle New York at the top of the Eastern Conference standings heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

"I like seeing our name at the top," Charlotte coach Dan Hughes said. "But I'm not getting real caught up in it because we're going back and forth with New York."

Bullett had 10 points and eight rebounds and Dawn Staley had 12 points and four assists for Charlotte, which built a 10-point lead before failing to get a field goal in the last four minutes.

Andrea Stinson had 12 points and Sharon Manning 11 for the Sting, which plays four of its last five on the road.

"This was an important game for us because it puts us in a positive frame of mind," Bullett said, noting that Charlotte was coming off a 30-point loss to Western Conference-leading Houston on Friday night.

The Miracle (10-15), losing for the fourth straight time on the road and the fifth time in six games, got 25 points from Shannon Johnson and 15 from Taj McWilliams.

"We just had too many turnovers," coach Carolyn Peck said. "We were forcing some things instead of just letting it come. We didn't make good decisions."