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Canada's Kia Nurse helps Mercury ride huge 3rd quarter to beat Fever

Brittney Griner scored 22 points, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Kia Nurse each added 14 and Phoenix used a big third quarter to beat the Indiana Fever 87-65 on Saturday for the Mercury's eighth straight victory in WNBA action.

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Canada's Kia Nurse scored 14 points to help Mercury defeat the Fever 87-65 on Saturday. (@PhoenixMercury/Twitter)

Brittney Griner scored 22 points, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Kia Nurse each added 14 and Phoenix used a big third quarter to beat the Indiana Fever 87-65 on Saturday for the Mercury's eighth straight victory.

Phoenix closed the third quarter on a 18-0 run, highlighted by Sophie Cunningham's two 3-pointers in 12 seconds, to build a 76-53 lead. Indiana was held to just nine points in the quarter, while Phoenix scored 36.

Phoenix was 1 of 11 from distance in the first half, but made 11 of 11 free throws to stay within 44-40. The Mercury made 7 of 8 3-pointers in the third to take control.

Griner made her fifth career 3-pointer, in her 13th 20-point game this season, and Brianna Turner grabbed 11 rebounds for Phoenix (17-10). Diana Taurasi was 1 for 6 from the field in 23 minutes.

WATCH l Kia Nurse's big 3rd quarter helps Phoenix Mercury rally to 8th straight win:

Kia Nurse's big 3rd quarter helps Phoenix Mercury rally to 8th straight win

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Kia Nurse of Hamilton, Ont., scored 9 of her 14 points in the third quarter, as the Phoenix Mercury went on an 18-0 run to defeat the Indiana Fever 87-65 for their eighth straight victory. 1:51

Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana (6-20) with 18 points. Tiffany Mitchell added 17.

Kelsey Mitchell scored eight consecutive Indiana points in the first quarter, and she finished the half with 14.

Lynx use 15-0 run to start 4th quarter to down Mystics

Napheesa Collier scored 21 points and Aerial Powers added 20 to help the hometown Minnesota Lynx beat the Washington Mystics 93-75 on Saturday night in Minneapolis.

The Lynx (18-9) have won 13 of 15, including five straight victories to move into a tie for third in the standings with Seattle. Washington (10-17) is tied with the New York Liberty for the final playoff spot.

The Mystics welcomed back Tina Charles, who missed four games with a left gluteal strain. She had 12 points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes. Washington was missing Elena Delle Donne and Myisha Hines-Allen with injuries.

Washington trailed by 15 at the half, but rallied within 64-62 before the Lynx scored the last basket of the third quarter. Minnesota then scored the first 15 points of the fourth to take control and lead 81-62 with 6:23 left on Rachel Banham's 3-pointer. She finished with 13 points and eight assists.

Kayla McBride scored 15 for the Lynx and Sylvia Fowles had 12.

Ariel Atkins scored 25 points for Washington.

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