Mercury Get Taurasi Back, Roll Over Lynx

Phoenix 95, Minnesota 79

MINNEAPOLIS, July 3 (AP) -- Minnesota native Kelly Miller scored a season-high 16 points, and the Phoenix Mercury held off a late rally to beat the Lynx 95-79 on Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Diana Taurasi returned from a two-game suspension to score 15 points and tied a career high with nine assists for Phoenix. Penny Taylor continued her strong play with 26 points, Tangela Smith added 12 and Cappie Pondexter had 10.

Seimone Augustus led the Lynx with 16 points, while Lindsey Harding added 12, Svetlana Abrosimova scored 11, and Kathrin Ress chipped in 10. Eshaya Murphy scored all of her nine points in the fourth quarter as Minnesota fought back from a 28-point deficit with 7:43 to play to pull within single digits.

After Taylor's 3-pointer gave the Mercury an 84-56 lead, the Lynx went on a 23-2 run to cut the lead to seven with 2:49 to play. But Smith, who was traded to Phoenix in the offseason for Harding, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2007 draft, hit four free throws and came up with a big steal to seal the victory.

Phoenix has won six of its last seven games and four of its last five road contests. The Mercury won for just the second time in their last nine trips to Target Center.

The Lynx had their three-game Target Center winning streak snapped with their worst home loss of the season. Minnesota has lost two straight overall after winning four of five.