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Griner scores 36, Mercury snap 3-game skid in win over Fever

Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner, watches practice Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Phoenix. Griner, the 2017 WNBA scoring champion, is back from Russia and ready her upcoming season with the WNBA basketball team. (AP Photo/Matt York)

INDIANAPOLIS — Brittney Griner had a season-high 36 points and grabbed 12 boards to help the Phoenix Mercury snap a three-game skid with a 101-82 win over the Indiana Fever on Sunday.

The Mercury (15-8) took the lead for good on the opening basket of the third quarter but didn’t pull away until a 15-4 run made it 84-71 early in the fourth.

Diana Taurasi added 22 points for Phoenix, which finished a four-game road swing with its only win of the trip.

Candice Dupree passed Becky Hammon (5,841) for ninth on the all-time WNBA scoring list with a jumper on the opening possession of the game.

Dupree finished with 23 points and Cappie Pondexter had a season-high 17 for the Fever (2-20).

Indiana erased a 13-point deficit in the second quarter with a 23-6 run and went into the break leading 48-46.


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