Phoenix Mercury advances to semifinals, seek fourth WNBA championship

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The magic number for the Phoenix Mercury is three. That’s how many wins the team needs to get to another WNBA Finals and pursue its fourth championship. After an 88-83 road win against the Connecticut Sun, the Phoenix Mercury advances to a best-of-five semifinal.

The team performs the best when facing elimination, with a perfect 4-0 record when the season is on the line. Mercury legend Diana Taurasi scored 23 points, and is now 11-0 in elimination games all-time. Brittney Griner added 26 points and nine rebounds.

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The Mercury will face the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks led by superstar Candace Parker.

Game 1 begins Sept. 12. The Mercury will host Game 3 on Sept. 17 and Game 4, if necessary, Sept. 19 at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

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