ATLANTA (AP) Brittney Griner had the sixth regular season triple-double in WNBA history when she had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks to help the Phoenix Mercury to a 95-87 win over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday night.
It was the league's first since Temeka Johnson compiled one on July 24, 2014.
Candice Dupree added 19 points and Diana Taurasi had 17 for the Mercury (8-10). DeWanna Bonner assisted on back-to-back baskets by Dupree, and then hit a 3-pointer to start a 13-2 run that put Phoenix up 85-83 with 3:20 to play.
After a layup by Angel McCoughtry tied it 21 seconds later, Bonner hit another 3 and Lindsey Harding scored the final seven points for the Mercury, who are seventh in the AP WNBA power poll. Phoenix has won four of its last five games.
Tiffany Hayes scored 26 points and McCoughtry added 22 for fifth-ranked Atlanta (8-9). The Dream have lost eight of their last 10, including six in a row.
SPARKS 77, LIBERTY 67
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the Sparks to a win over the Liberty.
Kristi Tolliver and Candace Parker scored 15 points apiece for the Sparks (16-1), who have won five in a row.
A jumper by Tina Charles put the Liberty (12-6) up by three midway through the third quarter, but Los Angeles responded with an 18-4 run that made it 63-54 lead with 7:52 remaining and the Sparks led the rest of the way.
New York, ranked third in the AP WNBA power poll, shot just 38 percent (29 of 76) from the field and was held to its lowest scoring output of the season.
Tina Charles had 27 points and nine rebounds for the Liberty. Sugar Rodgers added 14 points, including four 3-pointers.
The top-ranked Sparks made 30 of 57 (52.6 percent) field-goal attempts and are off to the second-best start in WNBA history trailing only Houston. The Comets started the season 20-1 in 1998.
Jantel Lavender played in her franchise-record 155th consecutive game for Los Angeles, moving past DeLisha Milton-Jones.