No Tina Charles and no Asjha Jones wasn't a problem for the Connecticut Sun on Wednesday night at US Airways Center in Phoenix, largely because there was a whole lot of Kara Lawson.
Taking up the slack for her missing teammates, Lawson fired in a career-high 30 points as Connecticut overcame a halftime deficit to bounce the downtrodden Phoenix Mercury 100-78.
Playing the opener of a three-game Western road swing, the Sun (22-8) maintained a 1 1/2-game lead over Indiana for the Eastern Conference's top spot. They did so without Charles, who has a groin injury, and Jones, who has an Achilles injury and hasn't played since the WNBA resumed its schedule last month following the London Olympics.
The Mercury (7-22) hung with Connecticut for about 2 1/2 quarters, owning small leads after one period (26-23) and at halftime (45-43). They still led as late as the 4:41 mark of the third quarter before Lawson took charge.
In a span of one minute, 51 seconds, Lawson fed Danielle McCray for a 3-pointer and then drilled consecutive 3s after a Mistie Mims bucket. The 11-0 run gave the Sun a 65-56 lead, and they never looked back.
Lawson, who hit six of 13 3-point attempts, also tacked on eight rebounds and seven assists. Mims added 15 points, while Kalana Greene scored 14 and McCray hit for 13. Tan White tallied 12, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to seal Connecticut's highest-scoring game of the year.
DeWanna Bonner scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which has been eliminated from the playoffs and is without Diana Taurasi for the season's remainder due to injury.
Connecticut's road trip takes it to Los Angeles on Friday for a game against the Sparks.