|1:00 PM PT2:00 PM MT3:00 PM CT4:00 PM ET20:00 GMT4:00 1:00 PM MST3:00 PM EST0:00 UAE (+1)22:0016:00 ET3:00 PM CTNaN:� , September 3, 2017
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona Attendance: 11,222
Griner helps Mercury claim No. 5 playoff seed
(TSX / STATS) -- Brittney Griner scored 30 points, and the Phoenix Mercury earned the fifth seed in the playoffs with an 84-70 win over the visiting Atlanta Dream on Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The win, coupled with the Washington Mystics' loss to the Minnesota Lynx, gives the Mercury the fifth seed in the playoffs.
Phoenix will host the Seattle Storm on Wednesday in a single-elimination, first-round playoff game.
Due to a scheduling conflict at Talking Stick Resort Arena, the game will be held at Arizona State's Wells Fargo Arena.
Atlanta guard Brittney Sykes continued her standout rookie campaign by dropping a career-high 33 points on the Mercury. Sykes, the No. 7 overall pick out of Syracuse, single-handedly kept the Dream in the game, but couldn't spark a fourth-quarter comeback.
Phoenix led 44-43 after a tight, but sloppy first half. The Mercury shot 20 free throws in the first two quarters, 10 by Griner. Monique Currie came off the bench to hit all five of her shots in the first half.
Sykes led all scorers with 15 points in the first half, and Atlanta managed to keep pace with Phoenix by knocking down five 3-pointers.
The Mercury ran off 15 straight points early in the third quarter to gain some separation from the Dream. Diana Taurasi hit a pair of 3-pointers to fuel the spurt, and Phoenix took a 67-60 lead into the fourth quarter.
Atlanta stayed within striking distance, but couldn't make a serious challenge in the fourth quarter and ends the regular season having lost nine of its last 11 games.
The Dream finishes the season at 12-22 and will miss the playoffs for the second time in the last three seasons. A nine-game losing streak that stretched into August doomed the Dream's playoff hopes.
Updated September 3, 2017