Without Delle Donne, Mystics fall to Mercury 91-68

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 18: Forward Tianna Hawkins #21 of the Washington Mystics drives toward the hoop during a game against the Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center on June 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)(Getty Images/Katharine Lotze)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brittney Griner had 25 points and eight rebounds, DeWanna Bonner added 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Washington Mystics 91-68 on Wednesday for their fifth win in six games.

Briann January added 18 points and six rebounds for Phoenix (7-6).

Tianna Hawkins led Washington (9-5) with 24 points and seven rebounds. Washington forward Elena Delle Donne did not play after suffering a nasal fracture during the first quarter against Los Angeles on Sunday.

Even with the loss, the Mystics have the best record in the Eastern Conference and trail only the Las Vegas Aces (10-5) for the WNBA’s best record.

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