Indiana Fever

Mercury hold off Fever’s late rally, win 9th straight, 86-81

Indiana Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell (0) shoots in front of Phoenix Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-Smith (4) in the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brittney Griner had 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Indiana Fever 86-81 for their ninth straight victory.

Indiana (6-21) used a 21-7 run that included a Kelsey Mitchell 3-pointer to pull to 84-81 with 47.9 seconds to play.

But she missed a potential-tying 3 with 24.8 remaining, and Brianna Turner’s layup then sealed it for Phoenix (18-10). The Mercury’s current win streak is the franchise’s second longest.