Seattle Storm Defeats Phoenix Mercury 80-65

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The Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 80-65 Tuesday night at US Airways Center.

The Storm jumped out to an early 21-10 lead in the first quarter, but Phoenix battled back to keep it close all the way through the first half. The Storm took a one-point lead into the locker room at 31-30. But one point was as close as the Mercury would get the rest of the night as the Storm used a 30-17 run in the third quarter to pull away on Brittney Griner bobblehead night.

Seattle was paced by nine-time WNBA All-Star Tina Thompson and Tanisha Wright, who each had 19 points. Thompson also grabbed eight rebounds. Camille Little scored four points, all in the first quarter, putting her one over the 2,000-point milestone. She is the third Storm player to hit that mark in 2013 behind Wright and Temeka Johnson. They join Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird as the only players to hit that plateau in a Storm uniform.

Phoenix was led by Candice Dupree with 18 points on 7-15 shooting. DeWanna Bonner, who went out with an injury late in the second half, was the only other Mercury player to score in double figures with 11. Diana Taurasi had nine points on 1-7 shooting. Griner, who also sustained an injury, added nine.

The Storm returns home for a weekend series with San Antonio on Friday and Sunday at KeyArena. Friday tipoff is at 7 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. tip on Sunday.

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