Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi lead Phoenix Mercury past Connecticut Sun in WNBA playoffs

Phoenix Mercury forward DeWanna Bonner scores over Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones during their WNBA playoff game on Thursday in Uncasville, Conn. (AP photo)

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi each scored 27 points to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Connecticut Sun 96-86 on Thursday night in the second round of the WNBA playoffs.

The Mercury face Seattle in the conference semifinals starting Sunday.

Stephanie Talbot hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 94 with 4:19 left. Griner then scored four points and had a key block on Courtney Williams to give the Mercury a 92-86 lead with 1:11 left.

Taurasi improved to 13-0 in her career in deciding playoff games. The former UConn star got the team going early.

Last year, the Mercury won 88-83 in a playoff game between the teams.

Courtney Williams led the Sun with 27 points, including a four-point play in the fourth quarter.