Taurasi, Bonner lead Mercury to 78-71 win over Dream (Jun 03, 2018)

June 3, 2018

ATLANTA (AP) Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner had 20 points apiece, and combined to score the Mercury's final 20 points, as Phoenix beat the Atlanta Dream 78-71 on Sunday.

Bonner added seven rebounds, six assists and two steals while Taurasi finished with eight assists. Brittney Griner had 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for the Mercury (4-3).

Brittney Sykes made a layup to trim Atlanta's deficit to 58-57 early in the fourth quarter, but Taurasi scored 12 points from there as she and Bonner combined to make 12 of 12 free throws over the final six-plus minutes to hold off the Dream (2-3).

Taurasi hit Bonner for a 3-pointer to open the scoring and Phoenix never trailed. Bonner hit a jumper to make it 50-36, and match the Mercury's biggest lead of the game, with seven minutes left in the third quarter. Five different Atlanta players scored during a 17-4 run over the next six minutes that pulled the Dream within one.

Angel McCoughtry, who sat out last season to rest, had 21 points and 10 rebounds - both season highs - for Atlanta.

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