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Plum, Aces hold off Mercury in Game 1 of WNBA semifinals

Brittney Griner had 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Phoenix.
Credit: AP
Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) is guarded by Las Vegas Aces center Kiah Stokes (41) and forward A'ja Wilson (22) during the first half of Game 1 in the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)

PHOENIX — Kelsey Plum scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half, and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Phoenix Mercury 96-90 in Game 1 of the WNBA semifinals.

Plum, the fourth-year guard who won an Olympic gold medal in 3-on-3 basketball, had 12 points in the third quarter as Las Vegas pushed its lead into double digits.

Riquna Williams scored 24 points for the Aces, who will host Game 2 on Thursday.

Brittney Griner had 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Phoenix.

Diana Taurasi, playing in her second game since returning to the lineup after sustaining a sprained ankle, scored 20 points on 6-of-17 shooting.

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