Dupree leads Mercury past Storm into West finals

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

SEATTLE (AP) -- Candice Dupree's putback with 1.9 seconds remaining lifted Phoenix to a 77-75 victory over the Seattle Storm in Game 3 on Monday night, sending the Mercury to the Western Conference finals.

Dupree finished with 20 points and Diana Taurasi had 19 to help Phoenix advance to the conference finals for the third straight year, and fourth in the last five.

The Mercury will face the winner of Tuesday night's Game 3 between San Antonio and Minnesota.

Sue Bird scored 22 points to lead defending champion Seattle, and Lauren Jackson added 18.

Bird tied the score at 75 with 10.5 seconds remaining. Phoenix's Penny Taylor then drove off the inbounds play and missed. A scramble for the rebound ensued and Dupree eventually put the ball in from the center of the lane.