Griner hits winner for Mercury

LOS ANGELES — Brittney Griner hit a turnaround jumper with 4.9 seconds left, lifting the Phoenix Mercury to a 78-77 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Monday night in the deciding Game 3 of their WNBA playoff series.

Candice Dupree scored 22 points, Dewanna Bonner added 19 and Diana Taurasi had 18 points and 10 assists while improving to 6-0 in career elimination games with the Mercury.

Phoenix advanced to the Western Conference finals against top-seeded Minnesota. Game 1 is Thursday.

Kristi Toliver led the Sparks with 22 points. WNBA MVP Candace Parker added 18 points, and Nneka Ogwumike had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

After Parker gave the Sparks just their second lead of the fourth on a layup with 7 seconds to go, Griner responded with the winning basket for the Mercury.

Parker missed a fling from the wing as time expired.

Dream 80, Mystics 72

At Atlanta, Erika de Souza scored 10 of her 18 points during a decisive fourth quarter and Atlanta beat Washington in the decisive Game 3 of their WNBA first-round series.

The Dream advanced to face the fourth-seeded Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference finals, which will begin Thursday in Atlanta.

Tiffany Hayes had 18 points and Armintie Herrington added 14 points for the Dream.


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