PHOENIX MERCURY

Diana Taurasi’s big night helps Phoenix Mercury top Atlanta Dream

Jun 11, 2022, 9:15 AM | Updated: 1:50 pm
Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury puts up a three-point shot over Asia Durr #23 of the Atlant...
Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury puts up a three-point shot over Asia Durr #23 of the Atlanta Dream during the second half of the WNBA game at Footprint Center on June 10, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mercury defeated the Dream 90-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi had 23 points and six assists, Tina Charles scored 20 with nine rebounds and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Atlanta Dream 90-88 on Friday night.

Skylar Diggins-Smith added 18 points for Phoenix (4-8), while Diamond DeShields and Shey Peddy scored 10 apiece.

Rhyne Howard scored 25 with five assists to lead Atlanta (7-6).

Cheyenne Parker finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Aari McDonald scored 13.

A three-point play by Diggins-Smith followed by Charles’ 3-pointer gave the Mercury a 74-60 lead with 6:24 remaining in the game.

The Dream battled back, using five straight points by Parker to pull within 89-88 with 9.9 seconds left.

Atlanta had the ball last after Taurasi missed the second of two free throws, but Parker and AD Durr couldn’t get shots to drop.

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