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The Tulsa Shock have gone from winless to the hottest team in the Western Conference, while the Seattle Storm have also turned it around after a slow start.

The Shock seek their longest winning streak in nearly four years and will try to snap a three-game slide against the Storm on Sunday.

Since falling to 0-5 with a 62-60 loss at Seattle on June 1, Tulsa (3-5) has opened a four-game homestand with three consecutive victories.

Second-year guard Skylar Diggins has posted three straight 20-point efforts after finishing with a season-low six against the Storm (5-7).

"We're really starting to jell," said Diggins, averaging a team-high 18.4 points after putting up just 8.5 as a rookie. "We're on the other end of the streak now."

Diggins finished with 22 points - including a go-ahead jumper with 1.9 seconds left - to key Friday's 69-67 win over Los Angeles. She reached double figures for the seventh time in eight games after accomplishing the feat 10 times in 2013.

The Shock, who have also beaten Phoenix and New York, have won the three games despite shooting 12 for 49 (24.5 percent) from 3-point range. They missed 18 of 22 from beyond the arc in the first meeting with the Storm.

Tulsa, however, has totaled just 15 turnovers in the last two games after committing 16.5 per game over its previous four.

The Shock haven't won four in a row since Aug. 22-27, 2009.

Glory Johnson scored a season-high 21 in the first meeting with Seattle, which also took the final two regular-season meetings in 2013 by a total of 21 points. Johnson, though, has scored just 19 on 5-of-26 shooting in her last two contests overall.

The Storm, who opened 1-5, have won two of three so far on their four-game trip.

Camille Little, Tanisha Wright and Temeka Johnson scored 13 apiece as Seattle nearly blew a big lead for the second straight contest in Friday's 79-72 win at San Antonio. The Storm led by as many as 22 and shot 56.9 percent - far better than their 40.9 average coming in.

"We've got new people this year and we're starting to figure out how to play them," coach Brian Agler said.

Seattle leading scorer Crystal Langhorne had 23 points versus Tulsa, but she's averaged 8.7 over her last three.

The Storm, who have the league's third-worst rebounding margin at minus-3.25, will have to figure out a way to contain Tulsa's Courtney Paris. The center has pulled down 31 rebounds in the last two games and is averaging a league-best 11.1.

Shock guard Riquna Williams might be able to return after missing Friday's game due to a bruised knee.

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