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Sun beat Mercury 76-67, clinch No. 1 seed in playoffs

Connecticut (24-6), which has won 12 consecutive games, snapped the Mercury’s 10-game win streak.
Credit: AP
Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas (5) controls the ball during the first half of WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

PHOENIX — Jasmine Thomas scored 17 points, Jonquel Jones added 12 points and 16 rebounds and Connecticut beat the Phoenix Mercury 76-67 to clinch the No. 1 seed in WNBA playoffs. Connecticut (24-6), which has won 12 consecutive games, snapped the Mercury’s 10-game win streak. It was just the second matchup ever (Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks in 2016) of teams with win streaks of 10-plus games.  Phoenix (19-11) fell into fifth in the WNBA standings, a half-game behind Minnesota. The top four seeds earn a first-round bye. Griner had 23 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks to lead Phoenix. She also threw down a one-handed dunk in the first half, her career-high fourth of the season.

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