PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi hit a 20-footer with 2.9 seconds left and Brittney Griner blocked a last-second layup by Minnesota’s Lindsay Whalen to lift the Phoenix Mercury over the Minnesota Lynx 82-80 on Saturday night, ending the Lynx’ 11-game winning streak.
The win gave Phoenix a 2 1-2 game lead over the Lynx going into the last week of the regular season.
Candice Dupree made a driving layup with 25 seconds left to put Phoenix up 80-78. Minnesota’s Maya Moore tied it with a runner over Brittney Griner with 7.9 seconds remaining, setting up the final sequence.
Taurasi hit a shot from the top of the key to give Phoenix the lead.
The Lynx (24-7) had one last chance, but Whalen’s drive baseline was blocked by Griner, who finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.
Moore led all scorers with 30 points while Taurasi had 24 for the Mercury (26-4).