Candice Dupree scored 31 points and had a key offensive rebound that led to Samantha Prahalis' winning free throws with 22.2 seconds left and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Tulsa Shock for an 89-87 victory on Tuesday.
Diana Taurasi started, but played only 10 minutes and scored three points in her first playing time of the season while recovering from a strained left hip flexor.
Temeka Johnson and Ivory Latta each scored 16 points for Tulsa (0-2). DeWanna Bonner had 16 points for Phoenix (1-1).
Trailing by 11 with 4:42 to play, Tulsa went on a 14-2 run to take the lead at 86-85 on Glory Johnson's two free throws with 1:26 remaining.
Charde Houston hit a pair of free throws to put the Mercury ahead 87-86, before Tulsa's Scholanda Dorrell made a free to tie it at 87 with 55.8 seconds left.
Following a miss by Houston, Dupree grabbed the offensive rebound and Prahalis was fouled on the possession. She hit both free throws to give Phoenix an 89-87 lead.