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Skylar Diggins-Smith puts on a show as Phoenix Mercury celebrate clinching playoff spot with seventh straight win

In a dominating 103-83 win over the Chicago Sky at home, Skylar Diggins-Smith was the star.

The 5-foot-9 guard finished with a near triple-double by recording 20 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting from the field in 31 minutes of action. It's her fourth-straight game with at least 20 points and five assists.

Diggins-Smith was one of five Mercury players who scored in double digits as the team knocked down a season-high 14 3-pointers.

This contest in Arizona between two of the hottest teams in the league was a 3-point battle at halftime but the Mercury opened it up in the second half as they outscored the Sky 54-37.

This victory, which was Phoenix's seventh consecutive and improved their record to 16-10, was the icing on the cake as the franchise had already clinched their 2021 playoff spot prior to the game with the losses suffered by the New York Liberty and the Los Angeles Sparks earlier in the day.

The 2021 playoffs will be the Mercury's ninth consecutive and the 12th in the last 13 years.

Among the other three games on the WNBA's slate on games on Tuesday (ET), The Connecticut Sun extended their win streak to nine games behind a big game from Jonquel Jones - career-high 31 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, two steals - in an 85-75 win over the Washington Mystics.

The nine straight victories are the longest by the franchise since 2006 when they won 12 straight.

In the other two games, Minnesota Lynx took care of business against the New York Liberty by winning 74-66. This win keeps the Lynx in the fourth spot in the standings while handing the Liberty their fifth-straight loss and the eighth in their last nine.

Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, the Fever shocked the Los Angeles Sparks in a hard-fought 74-72 game. After a 1-16 start, this is Indiana's fifth win in eight games, meanwhile for the Los Angeles franchise, this is their fourth straight loss after they won four straight out of the Olympic break.

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