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Mercury Watch: Follow Phoenix's Quest for WNBA Records

The Phoenix Mercury are dominating like few teams in WNBA history have before.

They haven't lost since June 12 -- a mere one-point loss to Connecticut -- and currently sit at 22-3. They've already surpassed their win total from last season and clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

But those could end up being footnotes to the larger piece of history Phoenix is chasing, with the records for consecutive wins (18) and season win total (28) in sight. Tuesday's rout of the Candace Parker-less Sparks gave the Mercury sole possession of the second-longest winning streak ever (16).

LONGEST WINNING STREAKS, WNBA HISTORY
WinsTeamDates
18Los AngelesJune 26-August 11, 2001
16*PhoenixJune 12-Present
15HoustonJune 27-July 30, 1998
13SeattleJune 18-July 30, 2010


REMAINING SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 31: @ Minnesota Lynx

Head-to-Head: Phoenix 2-0

Last Meeting: Phoenix 92, Minnesota 79 (June 18)

Streak Busters? This will be the biggest hurdle the Mercury have to climb on their way to rewriting the record book. Until June, when they won both ends of a home-and-home with Minnesota to begin this incredible streak, the Lynx were the thorn in Phoenix's side, having beaten them 14 straight times (playoffs included) from 2011-13. The defending champs are 12-1 at home, finally at 100 percent with the returns of Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus, and have leading MVP candidate Maya Moore on their side.


Saturday, August 2: vs. Indiana Fever

Head-to-Head: Phoenix 1-0

Last Meeting: Phoenix 81, Indiana 76 (June 27)

Streak Busters? The Fever have struggled to find a rhythm all season with star Tamika Catchings out for the first 15 games with a sore back. But they're still dangerous, having held Griner to her worst offense effort of the season (4 points, 1/6 FG) in their only matchup. And Phoenix needed a second-half rally from a 13-point deficit to pull that game out.


Tuesday, August 5: vs. Atlanta Dream

Head-to-Head: None

Last Meeting: Phoenix 79, Atlanta 71 (Sept. 8, 2013)

Streak Busters? This is shaping up to be perhaps the top game of the 2014 season: Best in the West vs. best in the East; three All-Stars on each side; the historic 19th straight win potentially on the line. The Mercury can be beaten on the boards, and the Dream -- with the dynamic frontcourt duo of Erika de Souza and Sancho Lyttle -- have the firepower to take advantage, not to mention Angel McCoughtry and their explosive backcourt.


THE STREAK, GAME BY GAME

DateOpponentFinal ScoreLeading Scorer
June 15@ Minnesota Lynx80-72 (Info)Diana Taurasi (21)
June 18vs. Minnesota Lynx92-79 (Info)Brittney Griner (27)
June 20vs. Tulsa Shock91-80 (Info)Brittney Griner (28)
June 27@ Indiana Fever81-76 (Info)Diana Taurasi (23)
June 29@ Tulsa Shock80-77 (Info)Brittney Griner (21)
July 2vs. Chicago Sky87-69 (Info)Candice Dupree (26)
July 6@ Los Angeles Sparks94-89 (Info)Diana Taurasi (32)
July 9vs. Seattle Storm78-58 (Info)Penny Taylor (14)
July 11@ Chicago Sky72-66 (Info)Diana Taurasi (19)
July 13vs. San Antonio Stars90-61 (Info)Candice Dupree (19)
July 15vs. Washington Mystics90-78 (Info)Candice Dupree (19)
July 17vs. Connecticut Sun101-85 (Info)Penny Taylor (23)
July 22@ Seattle Storm89-71 (Info)Diana Taurasi (22)
July 24@ Los Angeles Sparks93-73 (Info)DeWanna Bonner (22)
July 26vs. New York Liberty78-63 (Info)Brittney Griner (18)
July 29vs. Los Angeles Sparks90-69 (Info)Diana Taurasi (17)