Streak Ends at 16 as Mercury Fall to Lynx
The last time the Mercury lost, the 2014 World Cup had just started and the San Antonio Spurs were still battling the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
With a 75-67 loss in Minnesota against the Lynx tonight, the Mercury's 16-game winning streak came to an end.
However, Phoenix still maintains the league's best record at 22-4 and is 2-1 against the Lynx this season.
Despite being outscored 21-10 in the first quarter, the Mercury stormed back to cut the lead to just three points at halftime. In the second half, a 23-16 fourth quarter for the Lynx ultimately sealed the deal for Minnesota.
Brittney Griner scored 18 to lead Phoenix while Penny Taylor added 16 points. Candice Dupree finished with a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Phoenix had an uncharacteristically off night shooting, finishing at 38 percent. Minnesota also outrebounded the Mercury 48-33.
The Mercury were without guard Erin Phillips who is day to day with a sprained ankle.
Phoenix hosts the Indiana Fever on Saturday, August 2 where they'll recognize Jordyn Wieber as their 2014 Woman of Inspiration.
Phoenix shot over 50 percent for seven consecutive games entering tonight which is a WNBA record, but the Mercury shot just 38 percent against the Lynx Thursday evening.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brittney Griner had a great all-around game with 18 points, five rebounds, four blocks and three assists.
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
48 - the number of rebounds the Lynx had compared to the Mercury's 33.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Not upset about the win streak snapped. The ultimate goal is a championship, not breaking records. Love my @PhoenixMercury— Madi Power (@MadiPower) August 1, 2014