Griner gets 43rd career double-double, Phoenix tops Mystics

WASHINGTON (AP) – Diana Taurasi scored 17 points, Brittney Griner had 14 points and 10 rebounds for a franchise record 43rd career doubles doubles, and the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Washington Mystics 91-70 on Tuesday night.

Brianna Turner also had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds for Phoenix (2-1). Kia Nurse added 12 points and Skylar Diggins-Smith had 10 points and five assists as every Mercury starter hit double digits.

Phoenix made five of their 11 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a 21-18 lead. Mercury finished 11 out of 28 remotely while Washington was 5 out of 28.

Tina Charles led Washington (0-2) with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Charles scored 10 points in the first quarter, finishing ninth on the WNBA career list. This made him the eleventh player in the history of the league and reached 6,000 points.

Natasha Cloud added 18 points and Ariel Atkins scored 12 for the Mystics awaiting the return of Elena Delle Donne after an off-season back surgery.


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