Short-handed Mercury complete late comeback to stun reeling Dream
Phoenix earns 10th straight win despite absences of Griner, Taurasi
Shey Peddy made three free throws with 3.8 seconds left and the short-handed Phoenix Mercury rallied to beat the Atlanta Dream 76-75 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight victory.
Peddy scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter, with her last free throw giving Phoenix — playing without stars Diana Taurasi (ankle) and Brittney Griner (personal reasons) — its first lead of the game. The Mercury trailed by 16 points in the second half.
Atlanta's Courtney Williams went 1 for 2 at the line with 33.9 seconds left to give Atlanta a 75-71 lead. Peddy made a floater in the lane at the other end and Williams missed a long jumper, setting up Peddy's play in transition. Peddy dribbled down and stopped at the top of the 3-point line before getting fouled from behind by Elizabeth Williams as she was shooting a shot that nearly banked in.
Peddy started for just the second time this season. Skylar Diggins-Smith added 13 points for Phoenix (19-10), and Sophie Cunningham had 10. Canada's Kia Nurse contributed six points, three rebounds and two steals over 27 minutes in the win.
Atlanta (7-21), which ended an 11-game losing streak Sunday, was looking to win consecutive games for the first time since May.
Courtney Williams had 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for Atlanta. Monique Billings scored 13 points, and Elizabeth Williams added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Aces cruise past Lynx
Jackie Young scored a career-high 29 points and had 10 rebounds, A'ja Wilson added 20 points and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Minnesota Lynx 102-81.
Young, in her third season out of Notre Dame, went 14 for 19 from the field to top her previous best of 27 points set in May.
Riquna Williams scored all 16 of her points in the first half for Las Vegas. Chelsea Gray had a season-high 14 assists and Dearica Hamby returned from injury to score 14 points. Las Vegas was without centre Liz Cambage after she was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week.
Las Vegas (21-8) sits 1 1/2 games behind WNBA-leading Connecticut — with three games to play. The Aces entered the day with a chance of clinching a first-round bye in the playoffs but needed a loss from Phoenix, which rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat Atlanta.
Napheesa Collier scored 18 points for Minnesota (18-10), which had won 13 of its last 15 games. Sylvia Fowles had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Minnesota was without point guard Layshia Clarendon. Canadians Bridget Carleton and Natalie Achonwa added seven and two points, respectively, for Minnesota.