WASHINGTON — Brittney Griner scored a season-high 20 points to help the Phoenix Mercury to an 81-66 victory over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.
Diana Taurasi added 13 points and 10 assists for Phoenix (6-2), which has won two straight and is 2-1 so far on a five-game road trip. Candice Dupree scored 18 points and DeWanna Bonner added 14 for the Mercury.
Emma Meesseman scored a career-high 14 points for Washington (4-5), which has lost three straight and its last two at home. No other player scored in double figures for the Mystics, who are now just 2-4 at Verizon Center but 2-1 on the road.
Dupree and Griner each hit two baskets as the Mercury opened the second half on a 10-0 run to take a 47-37 lead.
Washington coach Mike Thibault responded by calling timeout and temporarily substituting all five players on the floor with 5:45 left in the third. The Mystics then answered with their own 9-2 run to close within 58-53, keyed by a 3-pointer and a 20-foot jumper by Monique Currie.
But the Mercury quickly pushed their lead to 12 again, with Dupree’s leaner making it 66-54, and then led by at least eight the rest of the way.