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Saturday morning WNBA links: Sparks win big and Taurasi continues scoring tear

Diana Taurasi has been living up to the Mercury's promotional commercials, which call her the best player in the world.

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Five-time WNBA scoring champ, Diana Taurasi.
Five-time WNBA scoring champ, Diana Taurasi.

The WNBA has two teams who are without both of their top two players. Those two teams met on Friday and the Storm won a competitive contest against the Silver Stars.

Later Friday night, Diana Taurasi scored 31 to lead the Mercury past Washington in Phoenix.

Taurasi is having a crazy good season so far. Angel McCoughtry better be glad she had the opportunity to win the scoring title last year, because Taurasi is averaging 24.6 right now and 30.5 in her past four games.

Brittney Griner's team may have gotten off to a worse start than the team that missed out on winning the lottery. However, Griner showed everyone why, despite Mike Thibault's great offseason moves, the Mystics still would have been better off drafting her. She had a career-high 21 points in the Mercury's 90-82 win.

The Mystics could get a whole lot better as the season progresses, especially if Tayler Hill comes into her own. Hill had her worst professional performance to date against Phoenix (0-7 from the field, 0-3 from 3).

Meanwhile, other rookies on the Mystics continue to shine. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Emma Meesseman have made great plays in important moments all season long.

Lastly, the L.A. Sparks had the best night of anyone with a 28-point win over the Minnesota Lynx in their first game since a 36-point blowout victory over San Antonio six days earlier.