Candice Dupree, Diana Taurasi lead Mercury past Mystics

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Candice Dupree scored a season-high 27 points and Diana Taurasi finished with 21 points as the Phoenix Mercury snapped a two-game losing streak with an 86-79 win over the Washington Mystics on Sunday.

The Mercury (16-12) scored the game's first points, led 11-1 less than 3 minutes in, and by 16 points in the first quarter. Phoenix, which led 43-34 at halftime, opened the second half with a 13-0 run to extend the advantage to 22 points.

Matee Ajavon's 3-pointer with 13.8 seconds remaining capped a 16-4 run over the final 4 minutes to pull the Mystics to 84-79, but Taurasi followed with two free throws.

Crystal Langhorne had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Mystics (5-23), who have lost eight in a row -- matching the third-longest streak in franchise history.