She's never dunked against the Seattle Storm, but that doesn't mean she hasn't been an intimidating presence inside.
Griner has turned in two of her better efforts of the year against the Storm and will look to help the Mercury establish a new team record for a single-season win streak Wednesday at home.
Phoenix (13-3) has won seven straight to match the longest win streak within one season in franchise history from Aug. 1-13, 2006.
The Mercury went 0-4 against the Storm a year ago, but Griner's efficient play has been the key to two 2014 victories by an average of 16.0 points. The second-year center has scored 19 points in each win, making 16 of 20 shots overall and adding 12 rebounds and seven blocks.
She leads the WNBA in blocks with 4.1 per game - more than double anyone else.
Taylor hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:18 to play that gave Phoenix the lead for good. That set the stage for Taurasi to drill a step-back 3-pointer with 8 seconds left on the Mercury's next possession for a four-point lead.
"In those moments, you can't really panic," Taurasi said. "You actually have to feel the most relaxed because you've done all the work. You've played 38 minutes. Now, let's get a good shot and if it goes in, you feel good about it. If you don't, go on to the next game."
Taurasi finished with season highs of seven 3-pointers and 32 points.
She is averaging 20.1 points during the win streak, which has coincided with Taylor replacing Erin Phillips in the starting lineup June 15.
Taylor is averaging 13.7 points in this run, including 17.4 over her last five games. She averaged 6.6 points in her first nine games as a reserve.
The Storm (8-12) seek to end a three-game road slide in the opener of a three-game trip.
Seattle got some clutch play from Sue Bird in Saturday's 80-73 victory over Chicago. Bird scored eight straight points late in the fourth quarter as the Storm outscored the Sky 20-13 over the final 10 minutes. Bird and Crystal Langhorne each scored 19.
"When it came time to make plays, we made them, and that's what won the game," Bird said. "And we definitely took care of the ball - just six turnovers, that was very impressive for 40 minutes."
Langhorne, who figures to match up inside with Griner, is averaging 18.0 points against Phoenix.
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