San Antonio 90 at Phoenix 94

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Bonner leads Mercury past Silver Stars
Sunday, Sep 2, 2012

PHOENIX (AP)—DeWanna Bonner had 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots to lead Phoenix past the San Antonio Silver Stars 94-90 on Saturday night, giving the Mercury back-to-back for the first time this season.

Diana Taurasi added 25 points and four assists for Phoenix (6-19), which moved out of last place Western Conference and handed the Silver Stars (17-9) their fourth loss in five games.

Danielle Robinson converted a three-point play with 37 seconds left to cut the Mercury’s lead to 88-86, but Taurasi passed to Krystal Thomas in the lane for a basket with 19 seconds remaining to help secure the win.

San Antonio’s Becky Hammon was called for traveling on the subsequent possession to end any threat.

Sophia Young had a career-high 32 points and eight rebounds, and Danielle Adams added 21 points for San Antonio, which fell two games behind second-place Los Angeles with eight games to play.

The Silver Stars gave Phoenix its franchise-worst loss, 89-47, in their last visit here on Aug. 19.

Adams picked up her fourth and fifth fouls in a 6-second span early in the second half. She sat out more than 10 minutes, returning in the final 7 minutes of the game, to score 10 points in the final period.

The Mercury didn’t allow Hammon—San Antonio’s second-leading scorer—a basket until the 2-minute mark of the third quarter.

Briana Gilbreath had 13 points, making her first three shots, including two 3-pointers, to lead the Mercury off the bench.

Phoenix led 52-41 at the break, scoring more points in a half than it did in the entire loss to San Antonio 13 days ago.

The Mercury snapped a 10-game losing streak with a win at Seattle on Thursday and hadn’t won at home since beating Washington 80-77 on June 20.

Phoenix made 5 of 7 from beyond the arc to stay within 27-24 after one quarter but then the Mercury scored 18 straight points in the second period to take its 11-point lead into the half.

It was the Mercury’s first game with five players in double figures and its highest scoring total of year.

Updated Sunday, Sep 2, 2012

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