Taurasi Leads Mercury Past Shock in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals

Posted: Sept. 8, 2007
By: Mike Householder, Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.(AP) -- Diana Taurasi rebounded from her Game 1 flop with 30 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 98-70 win Saturday, evening the best-of-five series at a game apiece.

Taurasi played just 22 minutes before fouling out with 10 points in Wednesday's 108-100 Detroit victory. But on Saturday the former player of the year at Connecticut stayed out of foul trouble and scored from all over the court, including seven 3-pointers.

A long Taurasi 3 made it 76-44 with less than three minutes to play in the third quarter and capped a 15-2 Mercury run. She added eight rebounds and three assists.

The guard's inspired play helped offset the return of forward Cheryl Ford to Detroit's lineup. The four-time All-Star, who missed the first game with a left knee injury, had five points and seven rebounds, but played less than half the game.

Phoenix outscored Detroit in the first three quarters and played most of the fourth without its starters.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Phoenix.

Losing big in the finals isn't necessarily a bad thing for Detroit.

A year ago, the Shock dropped two games to Sacramento by 24 and 20 points, yet still were able to claim their second title in four years.

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