Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 8/28/14

PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 13: Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury and teammates salute the fans with the 'X Factor' sign after defeating the Detroit Shock in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals on September 13, 2007 at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Domenic Centofanti/Getty Images)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Diana Taurasi scored 25 points, Candice Dupree added 15 and the Phoenix Mercury won their third straight game with a 79-71 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday. Angel McCoughtry finished with 25 points and Erika de Souza had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Dream (17-14). The loss ended Atlanta's three-game winning streak. Phoenix (17-13) never trailed after Taurasi's layup midway through the first quarter. Tiffany Hayes, who scored 19 points off the bench for the Dream, cut the lead to 74-67 with a 3-pointer. But in the last 3 minutes, she had a turnover and missed two layups and two 3s. McCoughtry, the WNBA's leading scorer, hit a free throw to cut the lead to 74-71, but she missed a 3 and a 20-footer before fouling out with 25.8 seconds to go. Centers Brittney Griner and de Souza tangled at the 6:46 mark of the third and had to be separated by officials and teammates.
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