9 p.m. at PHOENIX • NBA TV, 106.1 FM
Lynx update: A must-win game for the Lynx, who trail Western Conference-leading Phoenix by 1½ games. Thursday’s victory over Chicago at Target Center was Minnesota’s 11th straight, equaling the second-longest streak in franchise history. G Lindsay Whalen is coming off a 14-point, five-rebound, four-assist game vs. the Sky. F Maya Moore, who had 17 points, three steals and three assists vs. Chicago, scored a game-high 20 points in Minnesota’s victory over Phoenix on July 31. F Rebekkah Brunson had a double-double in that game.
Mercury update: Pushed to overtime Thursday in San Antonio, F Candice Dupree led Phoenix to victory with 20 points and 18 rebounds. G Penny Taylor had 16 points and C Brittney Griner scored 12 with five blocks, which gave her 117 for the season, passing the previous WNBA single-season record of 114 set by Margo Dydek in 1998. Phoenix is tied with the Lynx for the league’s best home record (14-1). The Mercury, which had its 16-game winning streak ended by the Lynx, has only lost once since mid-June. A Mercury victory would all but clinch Phoenix the Western Conference title.