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Brittney Griner and Mercury face biggest test of 16-game win streak visiting Minnesota Lynx

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    Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner (42) moves in to block the shot of Los Angeles Sparks's Nneka Ogwumike (30) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Phoenix. The Mercury defeated the Sparks 90-69, winning their 16th straight game. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (The Associated Press)

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    Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi celebrates a score by teammate Mistie Bass against the Los Angeles Sparks during the second half of a WNBA basketball game on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Phoenix. The Mercury defeated the Sparks 90-69, winning their 16th straight game. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (The Associated Press)

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    Phoenix Mercury's Eshaya Murphy celebrates a score by teammate Mistie Bass against the Los Angeles Sparks during the second half of a basketball game on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Phoenix. Mercury won 90-69, winning their 16th straight game. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (The Associated Press)

Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury are closing in on one of the greatest records in WNBA history, the Los Angeles Sparks' 18-game winning streak.

To equal that mark, the Mercury need to win two more games, starting with defending champion Minnesota on Thursday night.

The Lynx have dominated Phoenix recently, winning 14 straight over the Mercury from 2011-13.

Phoenix finally was able to end that skid this year, taking the first two games from the defending champions, which started off this current 16-game run.

Still, that Lynx team wasn't at 100 percent yet with stars Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus missing the games because of injuries.

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