The Connecticut Sun won their 12th game in a row and the no. 1st place in 2021 WNBA playoffs by defeating Phoenix Mercury 76-67 Saturday night at Footprint Center in Phoenix.
The Mercury were on their own in a series of 10 games and lost despite a double-double of 25 points with 12 rebounds from Brittney Griner, who had her fourth dunk of the season and a score of 3 points on her only attempt .
The Sun, who got a double-double of 12 points, 16 rebounds from MVP frontrunner Jonquel Jones, gave Natisha Hiedeman a triple one minute and 30 seconds in the fourth, giving them a five-point lead. has. They led the rest of the way by at least five. A Shey Peddy lineup with 29.7 seconds left cut it back to five, but Connecticut then came 4-of-4 off the line and Phoenix did not score again.
The Mercury led by as many as four in the first, but the Sun led by five who entered the second and led by as many as 11.. The Mercury returned late in third place.
Jasmine Thomas (17 points), DeWanna Bonner (16 points, five rebounds) and Brionna Jones (10 points, six rebounds) all scored in double figures for the winners.
Griner filled the entire state sheet by adding four assists, two steals and three blocks.
The Sun equaled the franchise record for wins in a row with the win. That was in 2006. The only other time two teams with a double-digit series challenged each other was a game between Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx in 2016.