Shock Fourth Quarter Rally Falls Short Against Mercury
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -
Diana Taurasi had 28 points and 10 assists, Candice Dupree added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Tulsa Shock, 89-86, on Tuesday night.
Brittney Griner had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Mercury (14-12) beat the Shock for the third time in 11 days.
Riquna Williams scored 23 points, Liz Cambage had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Tiffany Jackson-Jones added 13 points for Tulsa (8-18).
After the Shock trimmed Phoenix's 13-point lead to two late in the fourth, Taurasi made four free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal the Mercury's win.
Trailing 32-29 at halftime, Phoenix outscored Tulsa 27-15 in the third quarter to take a nine-point lead. Tulsa pulled to 66-62 early in the fourth, but Phoenix scored the next nine points - including six straight by Dupree - to stretch the lead to 13 with 5:05 to play.
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