Phoenix tops San Antonio 92-73 in WNBA playoffs

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Diana Taurasi scored 23 points and Tangela Smith added 16 for Phoenix in a 92-73 win Saturday over San Antonio, sweeping the Silver Stars in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Becky Hammon led the Silver Stars with 21 points and Sophia Young added 15.

Phoenix has eliminated San Antonio from the playoffs three times in four years. The previous two times -- 2007 and 2009 -- the Mercury went on to win the WNBA championship.

Candice Dupree scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half and had 11 rebounds for Phoenix. Penny Taylor added 12 points and 12 assists for the Mercury, who shot 53 percent from the field.

Taurasi and Smith combined to make the Mercury's first nine shots as they sprinted to a 21-2 lead in the first 8 minutes.