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Skylar Diggins and Diana Taurasi had to be separated in a heated WNBA bench feud

Is there beef in Phoenix?

Mercury’s Skylar Diggins-Smith and Diana Taurasi were separated twice after a heated exchange during a time-out late in the first half of Phoenix’s 86-47 loss to the Aces on Tuesday.

It’s unclear what led to the fiery moment that forced teammates to eventually position themselves between the two veterans – who were both named WNBA All-Stars last season.

During the time-out, cameras caught Diggins-Smith getting upset on the bench. she
finally stood up, looking angry while turning her back to the camera. At that moment, Taurasi got up from her seat and made the two face each other.

Diggins-Smith and Taurasi combined for 18 points in 4-of-15 shooting. Tina Charles led Phoenix with 17 points and nine rebounds.

Tuesday’s loss marked Mercury’s second win this season against the Aces after Las Vegas defeated Phoenix 106-88 in the season opener.

The Mercury also play without star center Brittney Griner, who has been jailed in Russia since February 17.

Skylar Diggins-Smith and Diana Taurasi have to be separated at a tense moment
Skylar Diggins-Smith and Diana Taurasi have to be separated at a tense moment.
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Englebert said the league will “keep Griner at the forefront of what we do” throughout the season — in which all 12 teams’ home pitches will feature a sticker with their initials and the number 42.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that he is working “side-by-side” with WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert to try to bring Griner home.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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