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Mercury Edge Silver Stars in Battle of West’s Best

SAN ANTONIO, August 2 (AP) -- Diana Taurasi scored 24 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury to an 84-79 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Thursday night, extending their winning streak to six games.

Taurasi hit six 3-pointers and scored 19 points in the second half when Phoenix (18-10) overcame a 45-38 deficit to take the season series between the teams 3-1 and open a one-game lead over the Silver Stars (16-10) in the Western Conference.

Cappie Pondexter added 18 points for Phoenix, while Kelly Miller and Tangela Smith both had 12.

Shanna Crossley led the Silver Stars with a career-high 21 points, all on 3-pointers. She was 7-for-13 from beyond the arc.

Sophia Young added 17 points, Becky Hammon 13 and Ruth Riley had 11 points with nine rebounds for San Antonio.

Taurasi hit three consecutive 3-pointers in an 11-1 run to close the third quarter that gave Phoenix a 62-59 lead. Kelly Mazzante's 3-pointer with 6:17 to go gave the Mercury a 76-64 lead.

The Silver Stars cut the lead to 81-79 on a 3 by Crossley with 1:48 left. Her 3-point attempt to tie the game with 4 seconds left bounced off the rim.