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Dallas Wings forward Glory Johnson’s 20-20 game causes Mercury to fall

Dallas Wings forward Glory Johnson drives past Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner in Tuesday’s game. Johnson had game-highs of 23 points and 22 rebounds in the Wings’ victory.
Dallas Wings forward Glory Johnson drives past Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner in Tuesday’s game. Johnson had game-highs of 23 points and 22 rebounds in the Wings’ victory. AP

The Dallas Wings met Phoenix on Tuesday for the third time in less than three weeks. And just as in the previous two matchups, this one went down to the wire.

Glory Johnson scored a game-high 23 points and had a career-high 22 rebounds, most in the WNBA this season, as Dallas defeated Phoenix 77-74 at College Park Center.

Aerial Powers made two free throws with 5.3 seconds to play and Diana Taurasi missed a game-tying 3-point attempt as the Wings (9-10) improved to 3-0 against the Mercury, winning the season series.

5 Double-doubles this season for Glory Johnson. Tuesday’s 23 points were a season-high as were her 22 rebounds.

“Good team effort defensively, low scoring game for teams that can score in the 80s and 90s,” coach Fred Williams said. “Glory Johnson was big on the boards with a career high and made some tough shots in the end for us.”

Taurasi was fouled away from the basket and made two free throws to bring Phoenix (8-11) within 75-74 with 7.3 left before the Mercury committed two fouls on Dallas.

There was 16 lead changes and 18 ties.

“I was pleased by the way we played tonight,” Williams said.

Johnson rebounded two of her misses and gave the Wings their largest lead at 73-66 with a reverse layup with 1:37 left. Johnson tied her season high with 12 rebounds in the first half, eight in the first quarter and finished with her third double-double against Phoenix this season.

Glory Johnson was big on the boards with a career high [22] and made some tough shots in the end for us.

Wings coach Fred Williams

“Some nights you’re not going to have it on the shooting end and we’re the second-leading second-effort team on the boards in the league,” Williams said. “But what Glory and Courtney Paris does, we’re always going to get those second attempts.”

Odyssey Sims scored 19 points for Dallas and Powers added 17 off the bench.

Dallas limited Brittney Griner to 13 points, four rebounds and five blocks. Griner was coming off the sixth triple-double in league history on Sunday with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks.

“She gets her points and her shots and we have to live with that,” Williams said. “We just took advantage and got some boards and started some runs.”

The Wings won 117-111 in triple overtime on June 18 in Phoenix, and won 100-90 three days later at home. They’ll play in Phoenix on Aug. 26.

Johnson had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the first meeting, and 16 points and 10 rebounds in the second.

Dallas will play in Atlanta on June 8, and returns home June 17 against Minnesota.

 

Phoenix

16

26

12

20

74

Dallas

16

24

17

20

77

PHOENIX (74)—Bonner 4-11 1-2 10, Dupree 6-9 0-0 12, Griner 4-11 5-7 13, Petrovic 1-4 0-0 2, Taurasi 7-17 3-3 22, Bone 4-7 0-0 8, Harden 0-1 0-0 0, Harding 3-6 1-1 7. Totals 29-66 10-13 74.

DALLAS (77)—Christmas 2-6 0-0 4, Diggins 3-10 2-3 8, Johnson 10-20 2-2 23, Paris 3-7 0-0 6, Sims 5-16 6-6 19, Kiesel 0-1 0-0 0, Plaisance 0-2 0-0 0, Powers 4-12 8-10 17. Totals 27-74 18-21 77.

3-Point Goals—Phoenix 6-18 (Taurasi 5-12, Bonner 1-5, Petrovic 0-1), Dallas 5-16 (Sims 3-8, Johnson 1-2, Powers 1-3, Diggins 0-1, Christmas 0-1, Plaisance 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Phoenix 31 (Dupree 6), Dallas 59 (Johnson 22). Assists—Phoenix 15 (Griner 6), Dallas 15 (Diggins 4). Total Fouls—Phoenix 19, Dallas 15. A—5,480 (7,000).

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