Taurasi, Griner lead Mercury past Storm 85-80 in OT

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) Brittney Griner scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Diana Taurasi scored six points in overtime as the Phoenix Mercury beat the Seattle Storm 85-80 in the second-round, single elimination WNBA playoff game on Sunday.

Taurasi, a game-time decision after missing the last five games with a left ankle injury, hit a tying 3-pointer, a step-back jumper and a late free throw as Phoenix took over down the stretch.

The fifth-seeded Mercury open the best-of-five semifinal series No. 2 Las Vegas on Tuesday.

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