MINNEAPOLIS, July 29 (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Mercury made a late comeback and picked up a big win.

Penny Taylor hit four free throws in the final minute and the Mercury overcame a 16-point deficit to post a 69-65 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.

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It was an important matchup between Western Conference rivals battling for the final playoff spot as the Lynx entered the game trailing fourth place Los Angeles by one-half game and the Mercury two games out. The top four teams reach the postseason.

After Diana Taurasi hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 65-65, Taylor helped pull the Mercury closer to the playoffs with a pair of free throws with 35 seconds left, giving Phoenix its first lead of the game. After a shot clock violation by Minnesota on its ensuing possession, Taylor made two more free throws for the final margin.

Taylor scored 20 points and Taurasi 17 for Phoenix, which has won seven of eight after a 3-11 start.

Svetlana Abrosimova scored 20 points and Amber Jacobs had all 10 of her points in the first half for Minnesota, which has lost three straight and four of its last five.

Minnesota led by as many as 16 in the first half and held a 39-33 advantage at the break.