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Currie scores season-high 22 points, Mercury beat Sparks 70-65 for 20th win


PHOENIX — Monique Currie scored a season-high 22 points and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Los Angeles Sparks 70-65 on Friday night for their third straight victory.

Phoenix (20-13) is the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and has home-court advantage in its first-round matchup with Tulsa that starts Thursday night. Los Angeles (14-20) is the No. 4 seed and will open the postseason at Minnesota next Friday night.

Brittney Griner scored 16 points, and Candice Dupree added 12 for the Mercury.

Phoenix led 63-61 when Sparks coach Brian Agler drew a technical foul arguing Jennifer Hamson's foul call against Griner. DeWanna Bonner made the technical free throw, and Griner made both free throws to make it 66-61 with 1:22 remaining. The Sparks pulled to 66-63 before Dupree made two free throws and Currie a layup to seal it.

Hamson scored 12 points, and Ana Dabovic had 10 for the Sparks.

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