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WNBA: Lynx top Griner and Mercury

Maya Moore's 21 points spoiled the return of Brittney Griner from her seven-game suspension and led the Minnesota Lynx past the Phoenix Mercury 71-56 Saturday.

Maya Moore's 21 points spoiled the return of Brittney Griner from her seven-game suspension and led the Minnesota Lynx past the Phoenix Mercury 71-56 Saturday.

Griner played her first game Saturday after being suspended for her domestic violence arrest. Griner finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She attempted just four shots in the first three quarters. Phoenix shot just 33 percent for the game and turned the ball over 20 times.

Rebekkah Brunson had 14 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks and Lindsay Whalen scored 21 points for the Lynx (7-2).

Even after six wins in their first eight games, the Lynx had yet to find that extra gear that made propelled them to two titles in three seasons. But they roared back from 18 points down to beat Seattle earlier this week and locked in defensively against the Mercury on Saturday night to give the Mercury their second straight loss.

Griner missed the first seven games of the season while serving her suspension for an altercation with then-fiancee Glory Johnson at their home in April. Griner pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, agreeing to undergo 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling. If she completes it, the charges will be dismissed.

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Griner married Johnson a few weeks after the incident, but a day after Johnson announced she was pregnant through in vitro fertilization, Griner said she was filing for an annulment. After so much drama, Griner was relieved to be restoring some normalcy to her life with her return to the court.

One of the league's highest profile players, Griner was back in the starting lineup Saturday night. But the Mercury had trouble reincorporating their star player against a hard-nosed Lynx defense.

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