Brittney Griner, Mercury subdue Storm

In this July 25, 2015, file photo, West’s Brittney Griner, right, of the Phoenix Mercury, blocks a shot by East’s Alex Bentley, left, of the Connecticut Sun, during the first half of the WNBA All-Star basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Griner is the WNBA defensive player of the year for the second straight season, said two people close to the situation. The Mercury center will receive her award Thursday night, Sept. 17, 2015, before Phoenix’s playoff opener against Tulsa in the Western Conference semifinals, one person said. Both people spoke to The Associated Press Thursday morning on condition of anonymity because no public announcement has been made.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File) (Jessica Hill/AP)

Seattle got pummeled inside by Brittney Griner and torched on the perimeter by Diana Taurasi during an 85-82 defeat that wasn’t decided until the final seconds.

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