Griner scores 23 in 1st home game, Mercury beats Stars

Posted at 11:36 PM, Jul 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-02 00:39:25-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Brittney Griner had 23 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in her first home game since the completion of her seven-game suspension and the Phoenix Mercury beat the San Antonio Stars 85-78 on Tuesday night.

Phoenix led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, but Danielle Robinson's fastbreak layup with 1:42 remaining pulled San Antonio within 81-78. On Phoenix's next possession, Griner put back her own miss for a five-point lead.

Candice Dupree added 19 points and Leilani Mitchell had 16, including four 3-pointers, for Phoenix (4-5). The Mercury avoided their first three-game losing streak since 2013. DeWanna Bonner scored 13 to move into third place on the Mercury's all-time scoring list, passing Jennifer Gillon.

Sophia Young-Malcolm and Kayla McBride scored 18 points apiece for San Antonio (2-7), which had its two-game winning streak stopped.

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