1 2 3 4 F SA Silver Stars (11-22) 10 21 21 9 61 Phoenix Mercury (19-14) 25 15 19 23 82
GAME LEADERS D. Adams
Taurasi leads Mercury over Silver Stars, 82-61
PHOENIX (AP) - Diana Taurasi had 20 points and 10 assists and the Phoenix Mercury beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 82-61 Friday night for their fifth win in the last six games.
The Mercury (19-14) hit four straight 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter, scoring 21 straight points to open an 80-52 lead with 3:55 left.
Danielle Adams and Shenise Johnson each had 11 points for San Antonio (11-22), which has lost four straight and five of six.
No. 1 draft pick Brittney Griner added 13 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes for Phoenix.
San Antonio was within 59-52 going into the final quarter but missed its first nine shots of the period.
Penny Taylor had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes for Phoenix in just her third game since July 18, having missed 14 games with a knee injury.
Phoenix, in the postseason for the fourth time in five seasons, is 9-3 under interim coach Russ Pennell and finished the year 9-7 at home.
The Mercury, No. 3 in the Western Conference, complete the regular season at Los Angeles on Sunday and then face the second-seeded Sparks in the first round of the playoffs beginning Thursday at the Staples Center.
Griner had 13 points, making all six of her shots, and four rebounds in the first half to lead the Mercury to a 40-31 advantage at the break. The Mercury took advantage of San Antonio's slow start.
The Silver Stars missed seven of their first eight shots and trailed 15-2 after 5 1/2 minutes. Phoenix led 25-8 late in the first, having made 11 of its first 16 shots.
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