PHOENIX - Brittney Griner had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Phoenix Mercury held off a late rally to beat the Minnesota Lynx 85-71 on Friday night in Game 1 of the best-of-3 Western Conference finals.
Penny Taylor added 16 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and a pair of steals for the Mercury, who built a 25-point lead in the third quarter but allowed Minnesota to get within 10 in the final period.
Game 2 is Sunday in Minneapolis.
Diana Taurasi added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists on an off-shooting night (5-of-15) while DeWanna Bonner had 16 points and seven rebounds for Phoenix, which won three of four meetings with Minnesota during the regular season.
Lindsay Whalen had 25 points to lead the Lynx. The Mercury held Maya Moore, the league's leading scorer and most valuable player, to nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.