Storm rallies from 18 down to beat Mercury 91-85

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

SEATTLE (AP) -- Lauren Jackson scored a season high 33 points to help the Seattle Storm rally from an 18-point halftime deficit and beat the Phoenix Mercury 91-85 on Tuesday night to clinch the top seed in the Western Conference.

Sue Bird added 16 and Tanisha Wright 14 for Seattle (21-2), which won its 12th consecutive game. The Storm are 12-0 at home and 16-0 in conference play.

Diana Taurasi scored 27 and DeWanna Bonner 19 to lead Phoenix (10-13), which had won three in a row. The second-place Mercury dropped 11 games behind the Storm.

The Storm rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to lead 65-64 early in the fourth quarter after Tanisha Wright scored on a three-point play.