The Phoenix Mercury have played well on the road recently, and they just hope to get a full game out of their stars when they play at the slumping Atlanta Dream on Sunday.

Guard Diana Taurasi and center Brittney Griner were ejected in the third quarter of Friday night's home loss to the New York Liberty, ending a three-game winning streak for the Mercury.

Two of those victories had come on the road -- at the hot Washington Mystics and at Eastern Conference-leading New York.

Because of those ejections, Phoenix (7-10) might have a chip on its shoulder against Atlanta, which has lost five consecutive games to drop to 8-8.

Griner was tossed from Friday night's game after arguing her fourth foul. WNBA scoring leading Tina Charles had been her main defensive assignment.

"Brittney, she gets hacked all the time," Mercury coach Sandy Brondello said after the game.

"Tina Charles, I mean she's a great player, but she's getting calls I don't think she should. Brittney Griner never gets those calls. I get frustrated, too. ... Brittney usually doesn't complain too much. I mean, she just lost her cool, which is understandable."

Taurasi had some words for the officials before picking up her second technical, although Brondello said her star guard didn't swear.

Taurasi is fourth in the league in scoring at 19.1 points per game. Griner averages 13.6 points and 6.5 rebounds. Phoenix has lots of other firepower, including forward DeWanna Bonner (15.2 points per game) and guard Penny Taylor (13.3).

Atlanta guard Tiffany Hayes, who missed Tuesday's loss at Seattle because of a hamstring injury, returned with a career-high 32 points in Thursday night's loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. Forward Sancho Lyttle, who also missed the game in Seattle because of a hamstring, only played two minutes at Los Angeles.

Forward Angel McCoughtry leads Atlanta with 19.4 points per game. Hayes averages 15.4. Center Elizabeth Williams averages 13.1 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Atlanta is the worst 3-point shooting team in the WNBA at 24.9 percent.

This is the first of three meetings between the teams in the regular season.

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