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Mercury hand Mystics third straight loss

Jun 11, 2014 - 1:07 AM Washington, DC ( - Brittney Griner scored 20 points and helped key a third-quarter run that lifted the Phoenix Mercury to an 81-66 win over the Washington Mystics Tuesday at Verizon Center.

Both Griner and Candice Dupree had four points during a 10-0 Phoenix surge to open the second half, with the sequence snapping a 37-37 tie at halftime.

The Mystics pulled within 58-53 late in the third quarter, but the Mercury answered with an 8-1 push that Dupree capped with a short hook with 6:14 to play en route to their fourth victory in five games.

Dupree finished with 18 points and nine rebounds and Diana Taurasi tallied 13 points and 10 assists for Phoenix.

Washington was dealt a third consecutive loss following a 4-2 start to the season and had just one player score in double figures, with Emma Meesseman recording 14 points.