PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 16 points, including her second dunk of the season during a key fourth-quarter stretch, as the Phoenix Mercury extended their franchise-record winning streak to 11 with a 90-78 win Tuesday night over the Washington Mystics.
The Mercury (17-3) ran off six straight points after Washington had cut the deficit to 73-65 with 8:43 left. Phoenix had led by double digits since the last three minutes of the first quarter.
Candice Dupree, announced as a WNBA all-star reserve earlier Tuesday, had 19 points, six rebounds and four assists for Phoenix, which has won 13 of 14.
Monique Currie scored 19 points to lead the Mystics, who had won back-to-back road games.
Diana Taurasi added 18 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Mercury.
SPARKS 86, FEVER 78
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Candace Parker scored 17 of her season-high 34 points in the third quarter as Los Angeles overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to beat the Fever.
The win was a season-high third straight for the Sparks (10-11), who lost Nneka Ogwumike to a mild strain in her right ankle in the second quarter. She finished with two points and two rebounds.
Tamika Catchings did all she could, scoring 25 points in the game for Indiana and 17 in the game’s final 13 minutes. Indiana is now 2-3 with Catchings back in the lineup after she missed the first 17 games of the season with a strained back.
The Fever (10-12), who led 46-36 at halftime, lost a second half lead for the seventh time in their last 10 games.
SUN 86, STORM 63
SEATTLE (AP) — Alex Bentley scored 22 points and rookie Chiney Ogwumike had 14 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday, helping the Sun beat the Storm to snap a three-game losing streak.
Connecticut (10-13) had lost seven of eight.
Bentley scored 16 points during the first half. Ogwumike got into double figures for the 20th time in her first 21 games. The double-double was her eighth. Kelsey Bone added 16 points off the bench.
Camille Little had 14 points for the Storm (9-15), who have lost two in a row and three of four. Crystal Langhorne had 11 points and Sue Bird 10 for Seattle.
The Storm, down 39-30 at halftime, got as close as seven midway through the third quarter at 44-37. But Connecticut ran off the next six points to make it 50-37 and kept the margin in double digits the rest of the afternoon.