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ATLANTA (AP) Candice Dupree scored a season-high 27 points and DeWanna Bonner had a steal and hit made two late free throws in the Phoenix Mercury's 71-68 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday.

Atlanta (7-13), after trailing by 18 in the first half, pulled to 67-66 when Damiris Dantas made a layup with 42 seconds left.

Angel McCoughtry came up with a steal on the other end but Bonner stole it back near midcourt and Leilani Mitchell's two free throws gave Phoenix (12-7) a three-point lead with 13 seconds to play.

Aneika Henry's putback of McCoughtry's missed 3-point attempt made it 69-68 with 0.5 seconds left and Bonner's free throws capped the scoring.

Monique Currie scored 14 points, and Mitchell added 10 for Phoenix. Bonner had a season-high 10 rebounds and five assists.

McCoughtry led Atlanta with 16 points.

SPARKS 80, STARS 78

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Jantel Lavender scored 20 points, and Candace Parker blocked a potential tying shot in the final seconds to help Los Angeles beat San Antonio.

The Sparks overcame a 13-point deficit. Ana Dabovic scored five points and Lavender added four during a 9-0 run that gave Los Angeles (5-14) a 78-71 lead with 3:02 left.

Jayne Appel's driving layup with 40 seconds remaining pulled San Antonio (6-14) to 80-78 but, after getting a stop on other end, the Stars came up short when Parker blocked Jia Perkins' shot.

Parker finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Alana Beard added 15 points and seven assists, Dabovic scored 13 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 10 for Los Angeles, which is 2-1 with Parker in the lineup and now sits a half-game out of the playoff race.

Perkins led San Antonio with 24 points.

LIBERTY 78, STORM 62

NEW YORK (AP) - Tina Charles scored 29 points and New York pulled away in the third quarter to beat Seattle for its fourth straight home victory.

Up 36-35 at the half, the Liberty (13-6) outscored for Storm (5-16) 24-9 in the third quarter.

Epiphanny Prince and Essence Carson each scored 11 points for the Liberty. Candice Wiggins added 10.

Seattle's Sue Bird, the first pick of the 2002 draft, was 3 of 7 from beyond the arc to score 14 points, becoming the first player in WNBA history to score 5,000 points and amass 2,000 assists.

The Liberty inducted former star Becky Hammon into the franchise' Ring of Honor at halftime. Hammon joined the San Antonio Spurs last year as the first full-time paid female assistant coach in the NBA and coached the Spurs' to a summer league title last month.

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