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Phoenix Mercury advances in WNBA playoffs

Mercury will play the Sparks in Western Conference finals after knocking off San Antonio.

September 22, 2009|Associated Press

PHOENIX — Diana Taurasi scored 30 points and keyed a tiebreaking run in the fourth quarter to help the Phoenix Mercury advance to the Western Conference finals with a 100-92 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars in Game 3 of their opening-round series Monday night.

The top-seeded Mercury will open the conference finals against the Sparks at Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday night.

Becky Hammon led the Silver Stars with 29 points, and Vickie Johnson had 24 points, including four three-pointers, and six rebounds.

Taurasi also had six assists for the Mercury.

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