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Griner has 9th career dunk, helps Mercury top Storm 85-82

Brittney Griner had her ninth career dunk and matched Diana Taurasi with 25 points to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Seattle Storm 85-82. Griner has three more dunks than all the other players in WNBA history combined.

Jewell Loyd powers Seattle Storm to victory

On a night Jewell Loyd shared the court with four Team USA Olympians and a handful of players with more than two dozen WNBA All-Star appearances, the second-year Storm guard was clearly the best player on the floor.

Mercury defeat Storm again

PHOENIX – Brittney Griner scored 26 points and the Phoenix Mercury beat Seattle 70-60 on Sunday for their second victory over the Storm in three days. Griner had 14 straight points for Phoenix in the third quarter, extending a 10-point lead to 58-42. Four free throws by Alex Harden made it a 20-point advantage.

Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson suspended record 7 games each by WNBA

WNBA stars Brittney Griner (pictured, left) and Glory Johnson (right) were suspended seven games each Friday for their domestic violence arrest last month – the league’s longest ban in its 19-year history. WNBA President Laurel Richie said the league “takes all acts of violence extremely seriously” in handing down a suspension that represents more than one-fifth of the 34-game regular season. Richie called the players’ actions “unacceptable.” The punishment comes at a time when sports leagues around the country are reviewing domestic violence policies following high-profile cases in the NFL. Griner plays for the defending champion Phoenix Mercury and Johnson for the Tulsa Shock. The players got married last week in Phoenix. The league season begins June 5. – AP

Phoenix hopes to close out Chicago in WNBA Final

After dominating the Chicago Sky in the first two games of the WNBA Finals, Diana Taurasi and her Phoenix Mercury know closing out the series won’t be easy. Especially if star center Brittney Griner can’t play after being hit in the right eye in Game 2. The Mercury announced Thursday that she underwent an outpatient procedure to correct a retinal issue. She’s listed as a game-time decision for Game 3 tonight ( ESPN2, 5 p.m.) in the best-of-five series. The Sky won’t play at their regular home, the Allstate Arena, because of a previously scheduled Garth Brooks concert. The teams will play at the University of Illinois-Chicago. – AP

Candice DuPree, Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi lead Mercury rout of Sky

PHOENIX – Brittney Griner swatted away just about everything within reach in the first quarter, setting the stage for a Phoenix rout. Griner set a playoff record with eight blocked shots, five in the first quarter, and the Mercury soared past the Chicago Sky 83-62 on Sunday in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.

WNBA finals on line

The season-long rivalry between the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury comes down to one final game. The teams meet tonight ( 7 p.m., NBA-TV) with the winner earning a berth in the WNBA Finals. Minnesota rallied to beat the Mercury 82-77 on Sunday to force a Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The series shifts to Phoenix, where the Mercury are 16-1 this season and winners of 15 in a row. Still, the Game 2 triumph left the Lynx optimistic. “We’re very hungry and we’re in a good position now,” Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus said. “At this point everything is laid out on the table.” Associated Press

Mercury’s Brondello, Griner honored

Sandy Brondello guided the Phoenix Mercury to the best record in WNBA history and Brittney Griner’s defense was a big reason why. Both were honored by the league Friday, with Brondello (pictured) winning coach of the year and Griner earning the defensive player of the year award. The Mercury finished the regular season 29-5 before heading into the playoffs. “Defensive player of the year is MVP in my book,” Griner said. “Defense is my favorite part of the game and what I want to be known for.” The second-year star broke the league’s single-season shot block record with 129, including 11 in one game against Tulsa on June 29. Griner was most proud that many of her blocks led to points on the other end for her team. Griner averaged 15.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks. – AP

Mercury win 13th straight, clinch playoff berth with victory over Storm

SEATTLE – Diana Taurasi scored 22 and Candice Dupree added 19 to help the Phoenix Mercury win their 13th straight game and clinch a playoff berth with an 89-71 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night. Brittney Griner added 17 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for Phoenix (19-3), the first team to win 13 straight since the Storm in 2010 and the third longest win streak in league history. The Mercury are five shy of tying the Los Angeles Sparks’ record of 18 consecutive set in 2001.

Mercury use big run to rout Storm

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury used a huge second quarter run and stifling defense to win a franchise record eighth straight game. Penny Taylor had 14 points to lead a balanced offense and the Mercury scored 19 straight points to rout Seattle 78-58 on Wednesday.

Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner lead Mercury over Storm

PHOENIX – Diana Taurasi had 20 points and seven assists to lead the Phoenix Mercury to an 87-72 win Tuesday night over the Seattle Storm. Brittney Griner added 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Mercury (4-1), who led by 15 in the second half and ran off five straight points early in the fourth to keep the advantage in double figures for the final eight minutes.

Storm stumble as Mercury win, even WNBA playoff series

Candice Dupree scored 29 points and the host Phoenix Mercury beat the Seattle Storm 92-83 on Saturday night to even their Western Conference playoff series at a game apiece. Diana Taurasi added 26 points as the Mercury recorded their second win in their last 12 games against the Storm dating to 2009.

Champion Storm kick off new season with victory

SEATTLE – Between receiving their championship rings, unveiling the second title banner in franchise history and honoring what the Seattle Storm accomplished in 2010, there were plenty of chances for distraction. From the first day of training camp, Seattle coach Brian Agler cautioned about the 2011 home opener. With this veteran group, it turned out not to be a concern.