Mercury hold off Fever's late rally, win 9th straight, 86-81

Indiana (6-21) used a 21-7 run that included a Kelsey Mitchell 3-pointer to pull to 84-81 con 47.9 seconds to play. But she missed a potential-tying 3 con 24.8 residuo, and Brianna Turner’s layup then sealed it for Phoenix (18-10).

The Mercury’s current win streak is the franchise’s second longest.

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Griner was 9-of-14 shooting from the floor and collected her 14th 20-point game this season. It was also her 14th double-double of the season. Kia Nurse made 7 di 9 colpi, and all three of her 3-pointers in the third quarter. She finished with 19 punti, Compreso 13 nel terzo trimestre. Diana Taurasi added 11 punti e sette assist. Turner finished with eight points.

Phoenix outscored Indiana 24-10 in the third quarter that included a 17-0 correre. The Fever missed its first seven shots before Victoria Vivians hit a 3-pointer to make it 60-45 con 3:34 sinistra.

Mitchell scored 23 points to lead the Fever. Lindsay Allen added a career-high 15 points with seven assists. Teaira McCowan had 13 punti e 16 rimbalzi. Vivians added 13 punti.

The Fever opened with an 11-2 correre, but the Mercury pulled to 22-18 at the end the first quarter and then tied it at 24 early in the second. Griner’s layup with 16.7 seconds left in the half gave the Mercury a 43-42 lead at the break.

The Mercury had a 36-9 third quarter and beat the Fever 87-65 sabato sera.

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