Taurasi scores 30 as Mercury reach West finals

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PHOENIX - Diana Taurasi scored 30 points and keyed a tiebreaking run in the fourth quarter to help the Phoenix Mercury advance to the Western Conference finals with a 100-92 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars in Game 3 of their opening round series last night.

Taurasi, and Tangela Smith, each scored five points during the Mercury's 14-4 run that gave Phoenix an 86-76 lead with 5:14 remaining. Taurasi also finished with six assists.

The top-seeded Mercury will open the West finals against the Los Angeles Sparks at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion tomorrow night.

Becky Hammon led the Silver Stars with 29 points while Vickie Johnson added 24 points, including four 3-pointers, and six rebounds.