Taylor leads high-scoring Mercury past Lynx

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PHOENIX -- Penny Taylor had 22 points and seven assists and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Minnesota Lynx 110-92 Thursday night.

Phoenix's fourth win in five games put the Mercury two games ahead of San Antonio for second place in the WNBA's Western Conference with 10 games to go.

Minnesota has lost five straight and is a half-game behind fourth-place Los Angeles in the West.

Candice Dupree added 18 points and eight rebounds and Diana Taurasi had 16 points and seven assists for the Mercury, who have scored 100 points in four of the last six games. They have also topped 90 points in a league-record eight straight.

Charde Houston scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Minnesota.

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