Taurasi honors Kobe, scores 34, Mercury beat Mystics 88-87

Diana Taurasi hit seven Three-pointers and completed 34 issues — each season highs — to assist the Phoenix Mercury beat the Washington Mystics 88-87

BRADENTON, Fla. —
Diana Taurasi hit seven Three-pointers and completed 34 issues — each season highs — to assist the Phoenix Mercury beat the Washington Mystics 88-87 on Sunday evening.

Taurasi venerated former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant via dressed in a No. eight Bryant jersey on what would’ve been the five-time NBA champion’s 42nd birthday. Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

She made eight of 15 from the sphere and 11 of 13 from the free-throw line.

Phoenix used to be with out six-time All-Big name middle and two-time WNBA defensive participant of the 12 months Brittney Griner — the crew’s chief in scoring (17.7 issues in step with recreation), rebounding (7.five) and blocks (1.eight) — for the second one consecutive recreation. The Mercury introduced Saturday that Griner had left the WNBA Bubble at IMG Academy for private causes.

Kia Vaughn had 16 issues, Bria Hartley scored 11 and Skylar Diggins-Smith 10 for Phoenix (7-7). Brianna Turner added 9 issues and a career-high 17 rebounds.

Tianna Hawkins led the Mystics with 19 issues and Ariel Atkins scored 18. Myisha Hines-Allen had 10 issues, a career-high tying 13 rebounds and a career-best 8 assists.

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