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WNBA: Diana Taurasi scores 29, strikes inside 18 factors of 10,000 in loss to Fever

Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi goes to the basket previous Indiana Fever’s Lexie Hull in the course of the second half of a WNBA basketball sport, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023, in Indianapolis. (AP Photograph/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS — Emma Cannon had a career-high 23 factors with 9 rebounds, Kelsey Mitchell added 21 factors and the Indiana Fever beat the Phoenix Mercury 72-71 on Tuesday night time to spoil Diana Taurasi’s 29-point efficiency.

Taurasi, the league’s profession scoring chief, is now 18 factors away from 10,000 factors. Taurasi, who was coming off a season-high 24 factors on Sunday, scored 23 of Phoenix’s 43 first-half factors after making 8 of 10 photographs, together with 4 of 6 from distance. Taurasi completed 10 of 16, with 5 3-pointers.

Mitchell prolonged the result in 70-61 with 5:06 left within the fourth quarter, however the Fever wouldn’t rating once more till Cannon’s shot within the lane with 59.5 seconds left to regain the lead.

Indiana guard Erica Wheeler was off on a 3-pointer and Phoenix took possession with 13.9 seconds left. Taurasi was brief on a baseline jumper however Phoenix stored the possession with 6.8 seconds left. Moriah Jefferson bought into the paint however her layup didn’t fall and Aliyah Boston secured the rebound.

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Indiana (7-19) received at dwelling for simply the second time this season. Phoenix (6-19) had its highway shedding streak prolonged to 10 straight video games.

SUN 79, LYNX 69

UNCASVILLE, Connecticut — Alyssa Thomas had 21 factors, 20 rebounds and 12 assists for her fifth triple-double of the season and the Solar beat the short-handed Lynx.

It was Thomas’ ninth profession triple-double. Thomas, who additionally had a triple-double in an 87-83 loss to the Lynx on Sunday, grew to become the primary participant in WNBA historical past to file a triple-double in back-to-back video games a number of occasions in a season. She additionally has extra triple-doubles this season than some other WNBA participant has in her profession.

Tyasha Harris added 17 factors off the bench for Connecticut (19-7). Tiffany Hayes had 16 factors and DeWanna Bonner scored 15 on 7-of-19 taking pictures.

Lindsay Allen scored 16 factors and Kayla McBride added 15 factors for Minnesota (13-14), which had a three-game profitable streak snapped. Minnesota was with out star Napheesa Collier, who’s sidelined with a sprained ankle.

ACES 93, DREAM 72

LAS VEGAS— Jackie Younger scored 24 factors, A’ja Wilson had 20 factors and 11 rebounds, and Las Vegas clinched a WNBA playoff spot with a win over Atlanta.

Las Vegas (24-2) has received eight straight video games to turn into the second workforce in WNBA historical past to start out a season 24-2, becoming a member of the 1998 Houston Comets. The Aces nonetheless have 14 regular-season video games earlier than the playoffs begin.

Cheyenne Parker scored 15 of her 19 factors within the first half for Atlanta (14-12). Allisha Grey was held to eight factors on 3-of-11 taking pictures. Rhyne Howard additionally struggled from the sector, scoring six factors.

LIBERTY 76, SPARKS 69

LOS ANGELES— Courtney Vandersloot scored 20 of her season-high 23 factors within the second half, Breanna Stewart added 16 factors and 12 rebounds, and New York closed out its win over Los Angeles on a 10-2 run.

Vandersloot additionally had seven rebounds and 6 assists, and Stewart added 4 steals and three blocks. Sabrina Ionescu scored 11 factors on 3-of-12 taking pictures and Jonquel Jones had 9 factors and eight rebounds for New York (20-6).

Nneka Ogwumike had 20 factors and eight rebounds for Los Angeles (9-17). Ogwumike moved previous Candace Parker (5,684) for the second-most factors in franchise historical past, trailing Lisa Leslie (6,263). Jordin Canada added 13 factors and 6 assists, and Layshia Clarendon scored 11 factors.

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