Griner has 29 points and 10 boards, Mercury beat Storm 87-82

Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, center, gets a pass away in front of Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner (42) as another Mercury player tumbles behind in the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner (42) get a shot past Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart in the first half of a WNBA basketball game Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart (30) grabs a rebound in front of Phoenix Mercury's Camille Little in the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE — Brittney Griner had 29 points and 10 rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury hold on for an 87-82 victory over the Seattle Storm on Sunday night.

Griner, who led the WNBA in scoring and blocks per game last season, shot 10 for 16 from the field and added four assists and three blocks. Briann January finished with 15 points and six assists, while Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner scored 12 points apiece for the Mercury (2-0).

Sue Bird hit a jumper with 1:21 to play and Jordin Canada had a steal and a layup before Natasha Howard made a basket to cap a 6-0 run that pulled Seattle (0-1) within two points with 24.8 seconds left. After January's free throw made it 83-80, Breanna Stewart answered with a layup, but Taurasi hit two foul shots to push the Mercury's lead to three with 9.8 to go. The Storm committed a turnover on their next possession and Bonner hit two free throws to cap the scoring.

Stewart led Seattle with 22 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.

Phoenix led by 10 after a layup by Griner midway through the first quarter and Sancho Lyttle's layup made it 50-36 early in the third quarter.

Must Read

Bolt grabs another gold as Lochte saga consumes...

Aug 19, 2016

Usain Bolt and Ryan Lochte commanded the Olympic spotlight Thursday for drastically different...

US women could be on verge of water polo dynasty

Aug 20, 2016

Tokyo? US women could be on verge of water polo dynasty

Smooth operator: Serbian guard Teodosic has...

Aug 20, 2016

Milos Teodosic is the best player many American hoop fans have never seen before

GOP woos veterans, but Trump has rubbed some vets...

Sep 6, 2016

The GOP is making a big effort to win veterans' votes in November, but Trump's rhetoric rubs some...

NCAA turns up pressure on North Carolina over...

Sep 13, 2016

The NCAA's decision to pull seven championships out of North Carolina could dramatically ratchet up...

Sign up now!