Taurasi scores 25 points, Mercury hold off Aces 72-66

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Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner had 20 points apiece, and combined to score the Mercury’s final 20 points, as Phoenix beat the Atlanta Dream 78-71 on Sunday. (Source: Phoenix Mercury) Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner had 20 points apiece, and combined to score the Mercury’s final 20 points, as Phoenix beat the Atlanta Dream 78-71 on Sunday. (Source: Phoenix Mercury)
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Diana Taurasi scored 25 points, Brittney Griner had 19 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Las Vegas Aces 72-66 on Sunday.

The Aces had a 10-1 run to close to 68-64 with about three minutes to go, but Griner had two blocked shots to give the Mercury (7-3) back-to-back defensive stops, and Taurasi hit a baseline 3-pointer to push the lead back to seven with 1:05 left.

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DeWanna Bonner added 14 points and seven rebounds to help the Mercury win their fifth straight. 

Phoenix had an 11-2 run to close the first half with 13-point lead and scored the opening basket of the third quarter to reach their largest lead at 52-37.

A'ja Wilson had 17 points for the Aces (1-7). Kayla McBride added 16, and Kelsey Plum had 12.

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