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Silver Stars hand Mercury third straight loss

SAN ANTONIO -- Becky Hammon scored 33 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 102-91 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday.

Phoenix came within striking distance midway through the fourth before Hammon, who has been battling a nagging right shoulder injury all season, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead back to 14 points.

Moments later, Harmon hit another three to put the Silver Stars up 100-87 with 2:08 left, and the Mercury would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

San Antonio has won four of five and pulled within a half-game of Western Conference-leading Minnesota.

Diana Taurasi finished with 27 points for the Mercury, who have lost three straight.