Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury prepares to take a free throw shot against Japan during the preseason WNBA game at US Airways Center on May 19, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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PHOENIX - Candice Dupree and DeWanna Bonner each scored 22 points as the Phoenix Mercury beat Connecticut 76-68 Saturday night, handing the Sun their seventh straight loss.
The Mercury (15-13) outscored the Sun 14-4 over the final 4 1/2 minutes to earn their fifth win in seven games under interim coach Russ Pennell.
Tina Charles had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Sun (7-22), who were eliminated from the playoff race with the loss.
Brittney Griner had two baskets in the first 90 seconds but didn't score again until making a key short turnaround jumper with 1:31 left to give Phoenix a 71-66 lead. She finished with six points and eight rebounds.
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