Hartley’s 24, Walker-Kimbrough’s 20 lead Mercury by Dream

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Bria Hartley scored 24 points, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 20 points and five steals and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Atlanta Dream 96-80 on Friday night.

Walker-Kimbrough was 5 of 7 from 3-point range, Hartley made 4 of 7 and Phoenix went 12 of 25.

Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 17 points and Brittney Griner added 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for Phoenix (6-4). Hartley reached 1,500 career points and 500 assists. Diggins-Smith hit all six of her free throws as the Mercury sank 20 of 23.

Betnijah Laney scored 16 points, and Monique Billings and Courtney Williams each had 12 for Atlanta (2-8). Blake Dietrick added 11 points and Elizabeth Williams had 10.

Veteran Diana Taurasi did not play for Phoenix and Atlanta was without rookie Chennedy Carter.

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