LAS VEGAS (AP) Diana Taurasi scored 37 points, Brittney Griner had 25 points and 11 rebounds and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Las Vegas Aces 104-93 on Wednesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
DeWanna Bonner added 20 points and 14 rebounds for Phoenix (16-12), which had lost seven of its last eight games. The Mercury moved into a fourth-place tie in the playoff standings with Los Angeles and Washington.
Phoenix had its lead trimmed to 77-74 after Las Vegas scored seven of the first nine fourth-quarter points. But Taurasi and Briann January made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions for a 98-85 lead with 3:23 to go.
Griner had 18 points, four rebounds and two blocks in the first half and Taurasi also scored 18 points – with 11 straight makes at the free-throw line. Taurasi finished 17 of 18 at the stripe matching her career best in both categories. Griner made 9 of 14 from the line as Phoenix shot 82.9 percent.
A’ja Wilson scored 20 of her 29 points in the first half for Las Vegas (12-14). Kayla McBride had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. The Aces were just 33-of-84 shooting (39 percent) from the field, including 2 of 11 from 3-point range.
SUN 92, LIBERTY 77
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) – Jonquel Jones scored 21 points while Courtney Williams added 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help the Sun beat the Liberty.
Layshia Clarendon beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter with a runner in the lane to extend Connecticut’s lead to 64-58. The Sun opened up a double-digit lead early in the fourth and Jones made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions for an 85-68 advantage.
Chiney Ogwumike added 12 points for Connecticut (15-12), which won its third straight game. Jones, who came off the bench, was 7 of 13 from the field for her second straight 20-plus game.
Jones scored seven points during a 12-3 run to help put Connecticut ahead 35-26.
Sugar Rodgers scored 16 points for New York (7-19). Amanda Zahui B. and Brittany Boyd each had 14 points and Tina Charles added 12.
New York opened the second half on a 10-0 run for a 49-48 lead.