SEATTLE (AP) Brittney Griner had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Phoenix Mercury set a WNBA record with their 29th win, beating the Seattle Storm 78-65 in the season finale Sunday night.
Candice Dupree added 16 points to help Phoenix (29-5) top the previous mark set by Los Angeles (28-4 in both 2000 and 2001) and Seattle (28-6 in 2010). Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips scored 11 points apiece.
The Mercury, who have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, will host Los Angeles in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday.
Crystal Langhorne scored 16 points to lead Seattle (12-22), which will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Phoenix didn’t give up the lead after scoring the first six points of the game. They were up 56-49 entering the fourth quarter, and extended the margin to 12 with 8:40 left. Seattle didn’t closer than nine after that.
STARS 84, SKY 72
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) – Danielle Adams led a balanced offense with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio earned the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
The Stars and Sky had already clinched playoff berths, and Chicago opted to rest three regulars: Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince. However, 16-year veteran Becky Hammon was on the court for San Antonio in her final regular-season WNBA game and finished with four assists in 10 minutes.
Jia Perkins scored 13 points while Shenise Johnson and Kayla McBride each added 12 for San Antonio (16-18). The Stars pulled into a tie for third place with Los Angeles but earned the No. 3 seed in the West because they won the season series from the Sparks. San Antonio will face defending champion Minnesota in the first round.
Courtney Clements led Chicago (15-19) with 17 points, while Allie Quigley added 16. The Sky finished fourth in the East and fill face first-place Atlanta in the first round.
LIBERTY 73, FEVER 61
NEW YORK (AP) – Plenette Pierson scored 15 points and Anna Cruz added 10 to help New York close a disappointing season with its second straight win.
With the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs already clinched, Indiana rested star Tamika Catchings along with starters Erlana Larkins and Briann January. The Fever (16-18) will open up the playoffs at home against Washington.
New York finished the season fifth in the East. The Liberty (15-19) started out the year with high expectations after the draft day trade for Tina Charles. The season ended in disappointing fashion for the second straight year with the Liberty missing the playoffs.
Rookie Maggie Lucas scored a season-high 17 points to lead the Fever.
SUN 84, DREAM 55
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) – Alex Bentley had 19 points and four assists, and Connecticut wrapped up its season with a rout of first-place Atlanta.
Angel McCoughtry scored 10 point for the Dream (19-15), who had already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Atlanta will host Chicago in the opener of their first-round series on Friday night.
Chiney Ogwumike had 14 points and seven rebounds and fellow rookie Alyssa Thomas added 13 points and four assists for the Sun (13-21), who will miss the playoffs for the second straight season.
Bentley scored six points during a 10-0 run to give Connecticut an early 19-9 lead.