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).
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.
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.
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.