Taurasi, Taylor rally Mercury past Fever, 81-76

Lin Dunn

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 23 points and Penny Taylor added 20 to help the Phoenix Mercury rally from 13 points down to beat the Indiana Fever 81-76 Friday night.

With the score tied at 70, DeWanna Bonner stole the ball from Indiana’s Marissa Coleman, who was then whistled for a clear-path foul to give Phoenix (10-3) two foul shots and possession of the ball. Bonner made both free throws and Candice Dupree added a basket to put the Mercury up 74-70 with 2:14 remaining.

Shavonte Zellous led Indiana (6-8) with 18-points, including three free throws with 42.6 seconds left to pull within one.

Phoenix closed out the game with a 3-pointer by Taurasi and four free throws by Bonner.

Erlana Larkins’ short jumper gave Indiana a 52-39 lead midway through the third quarter before the Mercury rallied.

Phoenix’s Brittney Griner was held to four points — all in the first half.

 

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