3:30 PM ET, July 8, 2008
Houston: S. Lyttle 18 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk
Phoenix: D. Taurasi 30 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk
PHOENIX (AP) -- Diana Taurasi hit a 3-pointer with 42.6 seconds left, then blocked a shot on the other end to help lift the Phoenix Mercury over the Houston Comets 99-94 on Tuesday.Taurasi scored 30 points and got into the WNBA record books, reaching 3,000 career points in fewer games than any other player. Taurasi needed 151 games to reach that mark. Seattle's Lauren Jackson held the record, hitting 3,000 in 162 games.Houston led by as much as 14 in the first half. Tina Thompson scored 23 points and Sancho Lyttle added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Comets, who had won the last two and eight of 10. Michelle Snow made a shot in the lane with 54 seconds remaining to give Houston a 90-89 lead but Tamecka Dixon fouled Cappie Pondexter on the next possession. Pondexter, the league's second-leading scorer, made a free throw but missed the second and Mercury forward LeCoe Willingham grabbed the rebound.