Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Phoenix Mercury 18 25 25 20 88
Connecticut Sun 29 21 18 15 83
12:00 PM PT1:00 PM MT2:00 PM CT3:00 PM ET19:00 GMT3:00 12:00 PM MST2:00 PM EST23:00 UAE21:0015:00 ET2:00 PM CTNaN:� , September 10, 2017
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut  Attendance: 8,420

Griner powers Mercury over Sun

(TSX / STATS) -- Brittney Griner had a game-high 26 points and nine rebounds to help the fifth-seeded Phoenix Mercury come back to upset the fourth-seeded Connecticut Sun 88-83 Sunday in a second-round playoff game at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Griner, the WNBA's leading scorer in the regular season, was helped out by all-time league-leading scorer Diana Taurasi, who added 23 points.

Phoenix will face either the top-seeded Minnesota Lynx or the second-seeded Los Angeles Sparks in the best-of-five semifinal round starting on Tuesday.

The Mercury won their playoff opener 79-69 against the Seattle Storm on Wednesday and are now 4-0 all-time in single-elimination playoff games.

Connecticut, playing its first playoff game in five years, had a first-round bye, was led by a 20-point, 10-rebound game from Alyssa Thomas.

Jonquel Jones finished with 19 points and 15 boards and Jasmine Thomas added 15 for the Sun.

Phoenix, which trailed by as many as 17 points in the game, outscored Connecticut 20-15 in the fourth quarter.

The Sun pulled within 84-81 after two Jones free throws with 59.6 seconds left. Connecticut missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left, and Phoenix iced the game at the free throw line.

The Mercury fought back to tie the game at 68 heading into the fourth quarter.

Connecticut led 50-43 at halftime after jumping out to a 29-18 lead after one.

Alyssa Thomas had 13 points and Jones added 11 points and a Sun franchise-record 12 first-half rebounds at the break.

Before the game, the WNBA announced Sun coach Curt Miller had won the league's inaugural executive of the year award. Miller had already been named the league's coach of the year last week.

Connecticut's Jones was named the league's most improved player after leading the league in rebounding (11.9) and averaging a team-high 15.4 points in the regular season.

Updated September 10, 2017