7:00 PM ET, June 12, 2014
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
With Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Candice Dupree playing at a high level, the Phoenix Mercury's up-tempo offense has played a key role in the franchise's best start in 16 years.As the Connecticut Sun seek their fourth win in five home games, the Mercury will try to keep rolling with their third consecutive win on a five-game trip Thursday night.Phoenix (6-2) broke open a tie game with a big second half in Tuesday's 81-66 victory at Washington, matching the best eight-game start in team history. The 1998 Mercury started 7-2 before eventually losing to Houston in the WNBA Finals.Griner finished with a season-high 20 points and seven rebounds Tuesday, while Dupree added 18 points and matched a season-high with nine boards. Taurasi scored 13 and came within one of her career high with 10 assists."These are games that when you look back on when you're in the playoffs, you can take something from the game when you're not playing well and you can find a way to turn it around and get going," said Taurasi, who averages team highs of 17.9 points and 5.5 assists.Following a 94-78 loss at previously winless Tulsa in the opener of this trip, Phoenix has bounced back to win its last two to improve its road record to 3-1. Griner totaled 36 points and 25 rebounds, while Dupree scored 44 with 18 boards in the consecutive victories.The Mercury rank second in the league with 83.3 points per game, but they've been even better of late, averaging 87.4 over the last five. Their 49.0 field-goal percentage leads the WNBA.Although the Sun allow the highest shooting percentage in the Eastern Conference (46.0) and second-highest 3-point mark (36.1), they've won two of the first three on a four-game homestand that concludes Thursday.Chiney Ogwumike was limited to 12 points and two rebounds in 18 minutes due to foul trouble Saturday, but Alex Bentley stepped up with a career-high 21 points to lead five players in double figures in an 88-71 win over Indiana.Ogwumike, a rookie forward, leads the Sun with 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game."It's basketball," Bentley said following the team's third win in four home games. "You're going to hit some obstacles, some adversity throughout games."The Sun (3-6), tied for the East's worst record, hope to avoid a third straight home loss to the Mercury. They'll have to pay close attention to DeWanna Bonner, who had 14 points Tuesday and is averaging 25.0 points in her last four meetings with Connecticut.She finished with 35 points while hitting a career-best six 3-pointers in a 91-82 win at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sept. 7, 2012.Phoenix took both meetings in 2013, including an 89-70 win at Connecticut on June 29.