Dupree paces Mercury over Sparks

Diana Taurasi scored 24 points and Candice 77 victory over the hopeful Los Angeles Sparks.

Penny Taylor tallied 14 points, while DeWanna Bonner ended with nine points and 12 rebounds for the Mercury, who are a half-game behind Seattle for second place in the Western Conference. The playoff-bound Mercury have three games remaining.

Candace Parker netted a season-high 32 points for the Sparks, who are two games behind San Antonio for the last postseason spot in the conference. Kristi Toliver had 23 points in defeat.