ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Diana Taurasi scored 23 points and Penny Taylor added 19 as the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 86-78 on Saturday for their fourth straight win.
Candice Dupree had all 13 of her points in the second half, Kara Braxton had nine rebounds and Taylor also had nine rebounds and seven assists for the Mercury (4-3).
Sylvia Fowles, the WNBA's scoring leader, had 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Sky (4-4), who have lost three of their last four. Ephiphanny Prince added 16 points.
The Mercury began the third quarter with nine consecutive points, part of a 16-2 run that opened a 53-42 lead. The Sky's first field goal came with 3:43 remaining on Fowles' driving layup.
Phoenix outscored Chicago 25-13 in the quarter to take control.
The Mercury opened their biggest lead at 74-58 on Marie Ferdinand-Harris' fastbreak layup with 5:36 left in regulation. The Sky pulled to 82-75 on a Fowles' driving layup with 25.6 seconds to go.
Chicago led 40-37 at halftime after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Prince.
Taurasi, the league's No. 3 scorer, had tied the score with a 3 with 2.6 seconds showing and closed the half with 12 points. Fowles also had 12 in the first half for the Sky.
Phoenix shot 49 percent from the field (32 of 65) while Chicago was 40 percent (27 for 67), including just 5 for 18 on 3s. The Mercury outrebounded the Sky 40-29.
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