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Diana Taurasi leads Mercury past Sparks, 75-72, in playoff opener
Diana Taurasi leads Mercury past Sparks, 75-72, in playoff opener

Diana Taurasi hit four straight free throws in the final 40 seconds, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Sparks, 75-72, on Friday night in the first round of the WNBA playoffs. Taurasi had a personal playoff-best 34 points and DeWanna Bonner added 13 for the Mercury, who had the league's best record during the regular season at 29-5. Candace Parker, who led the Sparks with 22 points, threw too high for Kristi Tolliver with 7.1 seconds left, giving Phoenix the ball with a 73-70 lead. Bonner hit her third and fourth straight foul shots down the stretch to help secure the win. It was the sixth win of the season for Phoenix over Los Angeles, which faces elimination in the best-of-three...

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