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Bonner leads Mercury past Sky

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - DeWanna Bonner scored 27 points and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Chicago Sky 84-81 Friday night.

Charde Houston had 16 points, Samantha Prahalis scored 14 and Avery Warley added 10 to help the Mercury (4-9), limited to just eight active players, snap a two-game skid.

Swin Cash scored 16 points and Shay Murphy had 15 for the Sky (7-5), who have lost four straight since the best start in franchise history. Courtney Vandersloot added 13 points, Tamera Young scored 12 and Sylvia Fowles had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Phoenix led by 14 points early in the third quarter, before Chicago chipped away and pulled to 82-81 on Sonja Petrovic's 3-pointer with 13 seconds to play. Bonner made two free throws 6 seconds later to seal the Mercury's win.

Diana Taurasi missed her 10th straight game with a hip flexor for the Mercury. Forwards Candice Dupree and Nakia Sanford both sat out their fourth games in-a-row due to left knee contusions.

Bonner and Houston each had six points in the first quarter, helping Phoenix to a 23-21 lead. Bonner added 11 points in the second quater - including 5-for-5 shooting on free throws - as the Mercury extended their advantage to 49-43 at halftime.

Phoenix stretched it to a double-digit lead by the 7:11 mark of the third. Bonner had eight points in that run as the Mercury opened a 61-47 lead.

Chicago replied with a 15-5 surge and cut the deficit to 66-62 entering the final quarter.

Phoenix shot 46 percent (30 for 65) from the field and outrebounded the Sky 42-25.

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