PHOENIX MERCURY

Phoenix Mercury clinch playoff berth, beat Sky

Aug 31, 2021, 9:14 PM | Updated: 9:15 pm
(L-R) Brianna Turner #21, Diana Taurasi #3, Sophie Cunningham #9, Brittney Griner #42 and Skylar Di...
(L-R) Brianna Turner #21, Diana Taurasi #3, Sophie Cunningham #9, Brittney Griner #42 and Skylar Diggins-Smith #4 of the Phoenix Mercury huddle up during the first half of the WNBA game against the Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Suns Arena on June 27, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Skylar Diggins-Smith had 20 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 103-83 on Tuesday night to win their seventh straight game,

Kia Nurse added 21 points, hitting four 3-pointers, and Brittney Griner returned from a one-game absence (ankle) to score 18 points. Diana Taurasi hit five 3-pointers and had 17 points.

Phoenix (16-10) clinched a playoff berth earlier in the evening with losses by the New York Liberty and Los Angeles Sparks.

Griner made a running shot, Nurse and Taurasi made back-to-back 3s and Nurse hit a jumper in a 10-0 run that pushed the Mercury’s lead to 65-54 with about four minutes left in the third quarter and Chicago trailed by at least seven points the rest of the way.

Kahleah Copper led Chicago with 18 points. Azura Stevens and Diamond DeShields each scored 15 and Courtney Vandersloot added 11.

The Sky (14-13) had their three-game win streak snapped.

Phoenix, which scored 106 points in a 27-point win over New York last Wednesday, topped the 100-point plateau for the second time this season.

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