Dupree, Griner, Bonner lead Mercury to 6th straight win

Mercury forward DeWanna Bonner (center) shoots against Atlanta Dream defender Ericka de Souza during the first half Tuesday at US Airways Center in Phoenix.

PHOENIX — Candice Dupree and Brittney Griner scored 22 points apiece and Phoenix beat the Atlanta Dream 80-71 on Tuesday night, the Mercury’s sixth straight win.

Atlanta pulled within 76-71 on Angel McCoughtry’s 3-pointer with 2:25 remaining. But Phoenix’s Noelle Quinn hit two free throws to make it a two-possession game and Griner added a late layup, while Atlanta missed its final five shots.

DeWanna Bonner added 18 points, 10 in the fourth quarter, for Phoenix (9-5). She was 10 of 10 from the free throw line and grabbed eight rebounds. Leilani Mitchell made Phoenix’s only 3-pointer of the game, compared to Atlanta’s 13.

Tiffany Hayes scored 19 points for Atlanta (6-8), which lost its first of six straight road games. McCoughtry, Atlanta’s leading scorer at 21.9 points per game, had just 11 points on 3-of-20 shooting.

Atlanta’s Sydney Carter opened the third-quarter scoring with a 3-pointer for a 51-38 lead. But Phoenix scored the next eight points, four from Griner, and outscored Atlanta 11-0 in the final 4 minutes for a 60-58 lead.