The Seattle Storm moved into a tie for first place in the Western Conference Sunday by knocking off the previous leaders, the Phoenix Mercury, at the US Airways Center by a 93-84 final. The Mercury entered the game 5-1 and having won all five games at home, but the Storm got off to a phenomenal start, leading 34-20 after one quarter. Phoenix rallied to get within four by halftime, then made up the entire deficit early in the third quarter. The Storm had an answer, going on an 11-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters and included seven straight Sue Bird points to start the fourth. With the Mercury back within three and just over a minute to play, Lauren Jackson nailed a crucial three-pointer to double the lead. Bird's three on the following possession was the final dagger.
Bird, Jackson and Swin Cash combined to all score 20-plus points. Bird was brilliant at the point, scoring 20 points, knocking down four three-pointers and handing out nine assists while playing turnover-free basketball for 35 minutes. Jackson led the way with an über-efficient 25 points on 14 shot attempts (and eight free throws). Cash was strong early and finished with 22 points and seven rebounds. Tanisha Wright added 14 points and seven boards. The Mercury got 25 from Diana Taurasi and 22 from Cappie Pondexter, but was unable to match the Storm's third scorer. Temeka Johnson (11) was the only other Phoenix player to score double-figures.
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"Road wins are always great wins. I don’t care who you’re playing. To steal one on the road here feels pretty good."
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Lauren Jackson needed just 14 shot attempts and eight free throws to score a team-high 25 points for the Storm.
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