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Phoenix Mercury clinch playoff home game to be played in Tempe

FILE - In this May 31, 2016, file photo, Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi (3) celebrates late in the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun, in Phoenix. Still thriving at 35, a case could be made that the Phoenix Mercury guard is the greatest player in women's basketball history. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

With their 86-66 win Friday night against the Connecticut Sun, the Phoenix Mercury clinched a playoff home game in round one of the WNBA Playoffs.

The game will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.

In the WNBA’s new playoff format that started last season, rounds one and two of the postseason are single elimination and the last two series are a best-of-five format.

With the top eight teams in the standings making the playoffs, the top four teams receive byes while the bottom four seeds face off in the first round. Because of that win, the 17-16 Mercury cannot finish any lower than sixth in the WNBA standings, meaning they have clinched homecourt for their round one game.

In last year’s WNBA Playoffs, the Mercury entered as the eighth seed and pulled off two straight upsets over the Indiana Fever and New York Liberty to advance to the semifinals. They would be swept by the No. 1 overall seed Minnesota Lynx in that series.

Tickets to the game can be purchased on the team’s website.

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