Taurasi gets 200th career 20-point game in Mercury win
WASHINGTON — Diana Taurasi scored 14 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter to help the Phoenix Mercury pull away for an 89-79 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.
Taurasi hit a jumper with five minutes to go to give Phoenix (15-13) the lead for good at 71-70. With the Mercury up 10, Taurasi added four free throws in the final minute to keep the Mystics (16-12) at bay.
Her 25 points made it her 200th career regular season game scoring at least 20 points, the most in WNBA history.
Camille Little added 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting, and Stephanie Talbot made all three of her 3-point attempts and scored 12 points. Brittney Griner, playing in her second game after missing eight with injuries, added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mystics, who have been without All-Star Elena Delle Donne all of August after thumb surgery, got 21 points from Kristi Toliver, 13 from Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and 12 from Krystal Thomas. The Mystics were just 4 of 23 from 3-point range.