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Lynx beat Mercury in Griner’s return from suspension, 71-56

Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) tries to shoot against the defense of Phoenix Mercury guard DeWanna Bonner (24) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brittney Griner had 14 points and 11 rebounds in her season debut after serving a suspension for domestic violence, but it wasn’t enough as the Phoenix Mercury lost to the Minnesota Lynx 71-56 on Saturday night behind Maya Moore’s 21 points.

Griner made 5 of 9 from the field for the Mercury (3-5), who shot just 33 percent for the game and turned the ball over 20 times. DeWanna Bonner and Monique Currie combined to shoot 7 for 27.

Rebekkah Brunson had 14 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks and Lindsay Whalen scored 21 points for the Lynx (7-2).

Griner missed the first seven games of the season while serving her suspension for an altercation with then-fiancee Glory Johnson at their home in April. Griner pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, agreeing to undergo 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling. If she completes it, the charges will be dismissed.

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