Phoenix center Brittney Griner dominated down low with a career-high 32 points, and guard Diana Taurasi made history as the Mercury rolled past the Indiana Fever 85-62 on Wednesday night in Phoenix.
Griner was nearly unstoppable, using a variety of spins, hook shots and turnarounds near the basket as she made 13 of 15 shots from the field. She had 21 of her points at halftime as Phoenix (1-1) took control with a 52-29 lead at the break.
Griner, a fifth-year pro whose previous scoring high was 29, added 10 rebounds for her 22nd career double-double. She also blocked three shots.
The cold-shooting Fever (0-2) never made a run in the second half, finishing 24 of 68 (35.3 percent) from the field at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Indiana was 1 of 15 from 3-point range.
Taurasi scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, pushing her over the 1,500 mark for her career. The 13th-year pro became the first player in WNBA history to have 7,000 points, 1,500 assists and 1,500 rebounds.
She made 1 of 4 3-point shots, moving her within five of Katie Smith's league record of 706 3-pointers.
Fever forward Candice Dupree, who spent the past seven seasons with the Mercury before being traded in the offseason, led Indiana with 14 points in her return to Phoenix. Dupree, who also had a team-high nine rebounds, passed Swin Cash for 14th place on the WNBA's all-time scoring list, now with 5,129.
It was the second consecutive game with poor defense from Indiana, which allowing Seattle to shoot 48.3 percent in an 87-82 loss Sunday. Phoenix was even better, making 50.8 percent (32 of 63).
It was nearly a wire-to-wire win for the Mercury, which trailed only at 2-0. The game was tied at 7 before Phoenix started to pull away, eventually leading by as many as 28 in the third quarter.
Guard Leilani Mitchell added 11 points and seven assists for the Mercury. Guard Danielle Robinson scored 10 points and had six assists.
Center Natalie Achonwa and guard Tiffany Mitchell each had 11 points for the Fever.
Indiana will play its home opener Saturday against the Connecticut Sun. Phoenix will hit the road for the first time this season on Friday night, playing at the San Antonio Stars.
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