AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 1 (Ticker) -- Deanna Nolan and Katie Smith saved the Detroit Shock from an ugly scenario.

Nolan scored 21 points and Smith added 16 - all in the second half - as the Shock rebounded from a slow start to even the best-of-three series with a 73-63 victory in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals.

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Swin Cash collected 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Detroit, which gave Sacramento (5-1) its first loss of the postseason and avoided falling into an 0-2 hole. Game 3 shifts to Arco Arena in Sacramento on Sunday.

Trailing by nine at the half and 54-48 entering the final period, the Shock were on the verge of being one game from a Finals' loss. However, after scoring the last three points of the third stanza, Detroit ran off the first eight points of the frame. A jumper by Nolan capped the spurt and gave the Shock the lead for good, 56-54, with 7:43 left.

After Detroit maintained the edge over the next five minutes, Smith made it 67-58 on a 3-pointer with 2:57 to go.

Yolanda Griffith netted 14 points, but just two in the second half, and Kristin Haynie added 11 for the Monarchs, who were outscored, 25-9, in the fourth quarter.

Detroit trailed, 42-33, at the half.