Brittney Griner finished with a season-high 31 points, including two game-winning free throws with 3.1 seconds left, to give the Phoenix Mercury a 65-63 victory over the visiting Atlanta Dream on Sunday.
Atlanta's Brittney Sykes, who finished with 29 points, 24 coming in the second half, turned the ball over as time expired on an errant pass stolen by DeWanna Bonner.
Bonner had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Phoenix (6-6). The Mercury have won four of their last five games, while Atlanta (3-10) has lost five of its last six games.
Mercury star Diana Taurasi still has yet to play after offseason back surgery despite gaining clearance from doctors before this weekend.
Leilani Mitchell contributed 13 points and four assists for the Mercury, who shot just 34.3 percent from the field. Atlanta shot 30 percent.
Phoenix seemed to take control of the game when it went on a 16-3 run with, giving it a 63-53 lead with 5:37 remaining. Griner had six points in the rally.
But the Mercury went into a cold spell, and Atlanta scored 10 unanswered points, capped by a driving layup by Elizabeth Williams with 16.7 seconds to tie the game.
After a Phoenix timeout, Griner was fouled by Sykes while maneuvering toward the basket, setting up the game-winning free throws.
Phoenix opened a 37-28 lead with 6:25 left in the third quarter after scoring eight unanswered points. Griner had five points and Bonner made a 3-pointer in that stretch.
Atlanta soon answered with a 15-4 run, capped by Sykes' 3-pointer with 2:22 left in the third quarter to give the Dream their first lead in the game at 45-43. Sykes had eight points in that stretch and 22 points overall in the third quarter. Her two free throws late in the third quarter gave Atlanta a 48-47 lead going into the final period.
In a low-scoring first half, Phoenix was 1 of 11 from 3-point range and Atlanta was 2 of 12.
The Mercury led 29-25 at halftime behind Griner's 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Her teammates were a combined 6 of 26.
--Field Level Media