Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 6/25/13
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Brittney Griner had 26 points, seven rebounds and five blocks and the Phoenix Mercury outlasted the San Antonio Silver Stars 83-77 on Tuesday night for their fifth win in six games. Shameka Christon, Danielle Adams and Danielle Robinson each had 15 points for San Antonio, which has lost five of six. DeWanna Bonner had 14 points and Candice Dupree had 12 rebounds for Phoenix. Diana Taurasi, who came in averaging a league-leading 24.6 points, was limited to 18 points for the Mercury, but Griner more than made up for it. San Antonio gave away green shirts to commemorate its "Go Green" recycling campaign, but the attire might as well have been passed out in tribute to Griner. The former Baylor standout attracted the largest crowd of the season, which included Danny Green and Boris Diaw of the San Antonio Spurs. Griner, who starred for four years in nearby Waco, was 11 for 19 from the field while showing off an expanding offensive game with a series of spins and bank shots to overcome San Antonio's early physical defense. The teams exchanged baskets in the fourth after each made huge runs in the previous quarters. San Antonio opened the second half on a 20-4 run to take a 53-47 lead with 3 minutes left in the third. Adams hit a pair of 3s and Robinson had six points in the run. After Griner banked in a jumper in with 8:26 left in the third, Phoenix failed to score until Bonner hit a pair of free throws with 2:50 remaining in the quarter. Despite the offensive futility, Phoenix only trailed 56-53 entering the fourth after a stellar second quarter. Griner fueled a 14-0 run that gave Phoenix a 32-26 lead, scoring six points, grabbing two rebounds and blocking two shots while holding San Antonio scoreless for four minutes. Griner was unable to gain positioning early against the burly Adams. She was 0 for 2 with no rebounds in the opening 4 minutes of the game before making a layup with 5:12 left in the first. Her lone dunk attempt was stuffed by the rim, but she gathered the miss and put it back up for a layup. Adams proved more effective, scoring nine points in the first quarter while going 3 for 4 from the field.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ottawa Senators visit sick teen during road trip to Minnesota

Jason Kidd believes Isaiah Thomas is in NBA MVP race

Kyrie Irving takes blame for Cavs’ recent skid: ‘I need to demand more out of myself’

Six NFL teams have not renewed their daily fantasy deals

Adrian Peterson works out with Jameis Winston, gets Dirk Koetter’s attention

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Martavis Bryant reinstatement ‘imminent’

Steven Stamkos close to return for the Tampa Bay Lightning

Report: CBS wants Tony Romo to replace Phil Simms

Warriors provide update on Kevin Durant, who could play this season

The difference in TV contracts for US Soccer matches leaves fans scrambling

Griffin to wear shoes designed by young leukemia patient

The 'So, is this the last ride for the Dead Man?' quiz

Athletes in other sports (or famous professions) who played in the NCAA Tournament

2016 MLB playoff teams that won't make it back this season

Box Score 3/29: Free hats (Caps fans only)

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

Box Score 3/28: Wilt's last game

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Athletes in other sports (or famous professions) who played in the NCAA Tournament

The 'So, is this the last ride for the Dead Man?' quiz

2016 MLB playoff teams that won't make it back this season

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker