Mercury edge Shock 89-87

Mercury edge Shock 89-87

Mercury edge Shock 89-87

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on May 23, 2012 at 7:23 AM

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Candice Dupree scored 31 points and had a key offensive rebound that led to Samantha Prahalis' winning free throws with 22.2 seconds left and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Tulsa Shock for an 89-87 victory on Tuesday.

Diana Taurasi (tohr-AH'-see) started, but played only 10 minutes and scored three points in her first playing time of the season while recovering from a strained left hip flexor.

Temeka Johnson and Ivory Latta each scored 16 points for Tulsa (0-2). DeWanna Bonner had 16 points for Phoenix (1-1).

Trailing by 11 with 4:42 to play, Tulsa went on a 14-2 run to take the lead at 86-85 on Glory Johnson's two free throws with 1:26 remaining.

Charde Houston hit a pair of free throws to put the Mercury ahead 87-86, before Tulsa's Scholanda Dorrell made a free throw to tie it at 87 with 55.8 seconds left.

Following a miss by Houston, Dupree grabbed the offensive rebound and Prahalis was fouled on the possession.

She hit both free throws to give Phoenix an 89-87 lead.

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