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Brittney Griner’s double-double powers Mercury over Liberty

New York Liberty center Tina Charles drives the

New York Liberty center Tina Charles drives the ball against Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner stad in the second half of a WNBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, June 4, 2017. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

PHOENIX — Brittney Griner had 31 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Liberty, 81-69, on Sunday.

Tina Charles had 29 points for the Liberty and Sugar Rodgers added 14 points. Charles made 11 of 21 shots from the field but the rest of the Liberty players hit just 17 of 58 (29.3 percent).

It was the last of a four-game, 12-day road trip for the Liberty, who have lost four of five.

Diana Taurasi added 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers for the Mercury (10-6), who have won three straight.

Rodgers hit a three-pointer and then a jumper to give New York (8-8) a 5-4 lead one minute in, but Griner answered with a basket that gave Phoenix the lead for good 12 seconds later. She scored six points during a 12-4 run that made it 34-23 early in the second quarter and the Liberty trailed by at least eight points the rest of the way.

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