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Be it luck or otherwise, the Phoenix Mercury are off to a solid start after pulling out an unlikely victory their last time out.

The Washington Mystics could use some luck when it comes to making shots.

Phoenix makes another stop on its season-high five-game road trip Tuesday night as it looks to hand the Mystics a third straight defeat.

The Mercury (5-2) have split the first two games of the trip and have won three of four after beating San Antonio 91-79 in double overtime Saturday. Trailing by six with 13 seconds left in regulation, Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner hit 3-pointers to send the game into OT.

Taurasi finished with 19 points and was named Western Conference player of the week after averaging 20.3 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds over three games.

''Sometimes there's a little bit of luck involved,'' coach Sandy Brondello said. ''DeWanna hadn't made a 3 the whole game, but I had no hesitation going to her because I know she's capable of doing that. They just made big plays.''

Candice Dupree had a season-high 26 points and Brittney Griner added 16 and 18 rebounds for the Mercury, who will play Connecticut on Thursday and Minnesota on Sunday to finish the trip.

Phoenix won both meetings with Washington last season as Taurasi totaled 57 points. She seeks another solid performance against the Mystics (4-4), who are looking to bounce back after dropping the final two during a stretch of three games in four days.

They shot 29.5 percent in a 64-61 defeat to Indiana on Friday before hitting 33.3 percent from the field in Sunday's 81-64 loss to New York. Leading scorer Ivory Latta took only three shots and hit one while finishing with five points against the Liberty.

"We're still struggling shooting the ball," coach Mike Thibault said. "We're just not making shots. Everybody tries to make basketball more complicated than it is. Either the ball goes in or it doesn't. Sometimes it's not any more complicated than that."

Kara Lawson hit 6 of 10 from the field and finished with 17 points off the bench after totaling 15 in her previous four games. Kia Vaughn hit 4 of 9 shots and scored eight.

"Kara got going a little bit," Thibault said. "Kia Vaughn had a decent game. Beyond that, I don't think we had a lot of positives."

Washington ranks 10th in the 12-team league in field-goal percentage (40.4) and scoring (72.5). Phoenix is first at 48.7 percent shooting and second with 83.6 points per game.

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