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Taurasi scores 25, leads Mercury past Storm

In this May 9, 2016, file photo, Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi smiles as she speaks during a news conference at the team’s basketball media day, in Phoenix. Still thriving at 35, a case could be made that the Phoenix Mercury guard is the greatest player in women’s basketball history.  (Ross D. Franklin/AP, File)

In this May 9, 2016, file photo, Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi smiles as she speaks during a news conference at the team’s basketball media day, in Phoenix. Still thriving at 35, a case could be made that the Phoenix Mercury guard is the greatest player in women’s basketball history. (Ross D. Franklin/AP, File)

SEATTLE — 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 on Friday night.

Griner has three more dunks than all the other players in WNBA history combined. She was 9 of 14 from the field.

Camille Little spun in the lane for a layup to extend Phoenix’s lead to 83-78 with 2:56 left and, after a Seattle miss, Danielle Robinson split two defenders for a seven-point lead.

Seattle’s Jewell Loyd was fouled on a drive with 32.5 seconds left and hit two free throws to pull to 85-82. After an offensive foul on Taurasi, Seattle lost control of it and a jump ball was called with 5.6 seconds left. Seattle won the tip and called timeout with 3.6 seconds left, but Sami Whitcomb’s long 3-pointer didn’t hit the rim.

Taurasi made four 3-pointers and scored 19 points in the first half as Phoenix (7-5) held a 50-43 lead. She finished 6 of 17 from distance,

Breanna Stewart led Seattle (6-6) with 21 points and eight rebounds. Jewell Loyd added 18 points, and Langhorne had 16.

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