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Taurasi Helps Mercury End Lynx Winning Streak

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PHOENIX (AP) – Diana Taurasi scored 26 points and made a key steal in the final 20 seconds to help the Phoenix Mercury snap the Minnesota Lynx’s franchise-best nine-game winning streak 85-80 on Tuesday night.

DeWanna Bonner hit the second of two free throws with 36 seconds remaining to give Phoenix a 78-77 lead. On the Lynx’s subsequent possession, Rebekkah Brunson had the ball on the baseline in traffic just a few feet from the basket but Taurasi knocked the ball away and was fouled to help Phoenix secure the victory.

She made two free throws with 19 seconds left to give the Mercury an 80-77 lead.

Maya Moore scored 28 points and Seimone Augustus added 26 points to lead the Lynx, who had not lost since a 112-105 defeat to Phoenix on July 13.

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