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Latta leads Washington Mystics to 71-63 win over Mercury

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WASHINGTON (AP) Ivory Latta scored 24 points and the Washington Mystics shut down the Phoenix Mercury late in a 71-63 victory Friday night.

The Mystics (16-11) scored the final six points after Brittney Griner's shot from the lane pulled the Mercury (17-12) within two with 2:43 to play.

Latta started the clinching run with a scoop shot at 1:38 after Emma Meesseman blocked Noelle Quinn's layup that could have tied it. Latta and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt made two free throws each in the closing seconds as Phoenix missed its last six shots and finished with 20 turnovers.

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