Griner scores 22; Mercury hold off Mystics
PHOENIX — Brittney Griner had 22 points, eight rebounds and five blocks and Sonja Petrovic made a go-ahead basket with 29.9 seconds left as the Phoenix Mercury beat the Washington Mystics 78-74 on Wednesday.
After Petrovic’s floater in the lane, Emma Meesseman missed a left-handed hook shot and Griner made two free throws. Washington’s Tayler Hill had an open 3-pointer rattle out with 7 seconds left.
Diana Taurasi added 18 points but made just 4 of 18 shots for Phoenix (9-13). DeWanna Bonner had 16 points and Mistie Bass scored 12 for the Mercury, who wer without injured starters Penny Taylor and Candice Dupree. Griner topped the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season.
Meesseman scored 22 points and Hill added 15 points for Washington (9-12).
Meesseman hit a 3-pointer with 4:06 remaining and after two empty Phoenix possessions, Hill made a pull-up jumper to give Washington a 72-71 lead — its first since 30-28. But the Mystics only made one field goal in the final 3 minutes.
The Mercury have two more home games prior to the Olympic break — Saturday vs. San Antonio and Tuesday vs. Chicago.