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Dallas Wings get it done against Phoenix behind Diggins

Dallas Wings forward Glory Johnson, right, collides with Phoenix Mercury forward Mistie Bass in the first half.
Dallas Wings forward Glory Johnson, right, collides with Phoenix Mercury forward Mistie Bass in the first half. Special to the Star-Telegram

In Phoenix on Saturday, the Dallas Wings and Mercury gave the league a triple overtime classic.

On Tuesday in Arlington, it wasn’t quite a classic, but still a nail-biter.

In its first of three nationally televised games of the season, Dallas withstood a late rally from Phoenix to win its third straight game, 100-90 at College Park Center.

Just playing together and all 12 being on the court and being available — slowly started to jell.

Wings star Skylar Diggins, on the team’s resurgence

Skylar Diggins, fresh off her 27-point performance on Saturday, led four Wings in double figures with a team-high 20 points on the ESPN2 telecast.

“Just getting into the rhythm of the game and my teammates finding me,” Diggins said. “Just playing together and all 12 being on the court and being available — slowly started to jell.”

All 12 players for Dallas (6-7) played for the first time this season.

“It’s a good sign that we have all 12 players. First seven games or so, we started out with pretty much eight to now having opportunities to rotate players in and get different combinations of speed and size and it helps a lot,” coach Fred Williams said.

After three ties, the Mercury (4-9) led 22-20 entering the second quarter. The Wings outscored Phoenix in the second and third quarters 58-41 and led 94-81 with 2:24 left to play.

Phoenix cut the Dallas lead to 94-89 with 1:10 left after DeWanna Bonner scored eight-straight points.

It’s a good sign that we have all 12 players. First seven games or so, we started out with pretty much eight ...

Wings coach Fred Williams

Glory Johnson, who notched her second straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, made a floating jump shot with 58.6 left. Karima Christmas got a steal on the next possession, and Diggins knocked down two free throws to seal the win.

Odyssey Sims tied a season-high with nine assists, one short of a career high. She scored 17 points on 6 of 13 shooting.

“I was pleased with Odyssey and her play and our good team defense in the second half,” Williams said.

Dallas shot 52.8 percent (38 of 72) from the field, a season high. The Wings also shot 60 percent (9 of 17) from the 3-point line, also a season-high.

The three-game winning streak is a season high and its longest since winning its sixth straight on Sept. 3.

Said Sims, “We are clicking right now. We’re just having fun — sharing the ball, high-fiving, smiling — just playing basketball and trying to get some wins.”

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