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Taurasi's 27 helps Mercury beat Lynx 112-105



Posted Jul 13 2011 6:45PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury opened the season with three consecutive losses, so they had no problem keeping their cool when they trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter Wednesday.

Once they found their shooting touch, they were well on their way to another victory.

Taurasi scored 27 points, including five 3-pointers, and Phoenix rallied to beat the Minnesota Lynx 112-105 and take over sole possession of first place in the Western Conference.

Reserve DeWanna Bonner had 24 points for Phoenix, which has won five straight games and nine of 10 overall since its season-opening skid.

``After an 0-3 start, we didn't panic,'' Taurasi said. ``We didn't get too low. We knew we had to fix some things to get on a roll. You can't get too low. You can't get too high.''

Penny Taylor and Candice Dupree each had 19 points for the Mercury (9-4). Taylor scored 14 in the fourth quarter to help Phoenix overcome the big deficit.

``Today we showed that we are a team that's banded together,'' Taurasi said.

Minnesota (7-4) was in control before the Mercury put together a 22-8 run to take a 102-99 lead. Taylor had a tying 3-pointer during the surge.

The Lynx rallied to take a 103-102 lead on a layup by Lindsay Whalen, but Taylor stole the ball from Seimone Augustus, was fouled and made two free throws. Taurasi added three free throws to give Phoenix a 107-103 advantage.

``You're at home. You're up with five minutes to go. You have to try and extend it and we gave up probably three or four 3s in a row,'' Whalen said. ``When you're up like that, you have to be able to close teams out. We have to be able to do that.''

Phoenix went 6 for 8 from 3-point range and 11 of 12 from the free-throw line in the fourth.

``There was a phase there where we could have just let it go,'' Taylor said. ``But we really came out and fought hard. The girls did a great job on the boards, which let us get out and run and we hit quite a few 3s. I was really proud of the way we fought back.''

The Mercury hit 14 3-pointers in the game.

``You can tell when Taurasi is going to be on her game,'' Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said of watching Taurasi during pregame warmups. ``It was something I knew. I was just hopeful Taylor wasn't going to have a big game. When you play those guys, you can't have them both on. If you have them both on, you have a problem. What we did let happen was let Bonner get off.''

Augustus led the Lynx with 22 points. Whalen added 19 points and Rebekkah Brunson had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Rookie Maya Moore had 15 points on 6-for-18 shooting from the field.

With thousands of kids in the arena for the Lynx's annual ``camp day,'' Minnesota had a sluggish start and couldn't keep up with the running Mercury.

Phoenix hit its first five shots en route to a 12-2 lead. Meanwhile, the Lynx missed five of their first six shots, allowing the Mercury to lead by as many as 13 in the first quarter.

Minnesota chipped away and closed the gap to 27-21 by the end of the period. The Lynx led 49-48 at halftime.

Featuring two of the top three scoring teams in the league, it lived up to its offensive billing. The output was reminiscent of last July, when Phoenix outlasted the Lynx 127-124 in double overtime in the highest-scoring game in WNBA history.

With the league's top-scoring offense, Mercury coach Corey Gaines wasn't worried about the slow start to the season. He knew Phoenix only needed time to develop.

``We always start off slow because we're a different style team,'' Gaines said. ``They come from Europe and it's like walk the ball up ... nine passes, maybe take the shot on the 10th shot, if not go all the way through and work opposite. It takes time for your mind to switch over.''


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Mercury
Lynx
     
    • 53.4%

    • 48.8%

    • 51.9%

    • 21.1%

    • 90.9%

    • 70.8%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
PHO MIN
Total Rebounds 7 9
Offensive Rebounds 4 13
Turnovers 15 10
Fast Break Pts: 23 16
Biggest Lead: 13 11
Points in the Paint: 36 54
PHO MIN
p Taurasi   27 Augustus   22
rb 2 players   8 Brunson   16
a 3 players   8 Whalen   6
s 5 players   1 Whalen   3
b 2 players   1 McWilliams-Franklin   3
 
  • 07/13 - PHO 112 @ MIN 105
  • 07/20 - MIN 106 @ PHO 98
  • 08/02 - PHO 73 @ MIN 90
  • 08/09 - MIN 80 @ PHO 85
  • 09/11 - MIN 96 @ PHO 90
Phoenix Mercury (10-4)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
P. Taylor F 32:04 6-11 4-7 3-4 +7 0 8 8 8 5 1 2 1 1 19
C. Dupree F 35:00 8-14 1-1 2-2 +13 3 5 8 2 2 0 1 0 3 19
K. Braxton F-C 23:24 5-7 0-0 2-2 -6 0 4 4 1 4 1 0 1 1 12
D. Taurasi G 33:17 9-21 5-10 4-4 +16 0 2 2 8 3 1 5 0 0 27
T. Johnson G 26:28 2-4 1-2 0-0 +21 1 2 3 8 3 1 2 0 0 5
A. Gray-Lawson   11:11 0-2 0-2 0-0 -13 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
D. Bonner   21:04 7-9 3-5 7-7 +9 0 3 3 0 3 1 1 0 0 24
M. Ferdinand-Harris   12:32 2-5 0-0 1-1 -6 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 5
N. Sanford   05:00 0-0 0-0 1-2 -6 0 1 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 1
O. Sanni DNP - Coach's Decision
K. Swanier DND - Swollen Left Eye
Total   200 39-73 14-27 20-22   4 28 32 30 24 5 15 2 6 112
  53.4% 51.9% 90.9%   team rebs: 7 total to: 15
Minnesota Lynx (9-4)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Moore F 27:45 6-18 0-9 3-4 +3 2 3 5 3 5 1 1 0 0 15
R. Brunson F 29:01 5-8 0-0 6-6 -3 4 12 16 1 1 1 1 2 1 16
T. McWilliams-Franklin F-C 26:29 2-6 0-1 2-2 -14 1 3 4 5 4 1 1 3 0 6
S. Augustus G-F 32:42 9-17 0-1 4-4 -13 1 3 4 3 2 0 1 0 0 22
L. Whalen G 30:30 9-15 1-1 0-1 -1 1 3 4 6 1 3 3 0 0 19
M. Wright   04:17 1-3 0-0 0-1 -1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
C. Wiggins   15:23 4-6 2-3 0-0 -5 0 0 0 2 4 1 2 1 0 10
A. Harris   11:26 3-4 0-0 0-0 +5 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
C. Houston   04:40 1-5 1-3 2-2 +3 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 5
A. Hornbuckle   09:30 1-2 0-1 0-0 -6 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 2
J. Adair   08:17 1-2 0-0 0-4 -3 2 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 2
Total   200 42-86 4-19 17-24   13 26 39 23 22 10 10 6 2 105
  48.8% 21.1% 70.8%   team rebs: 9 total to: 10

inactive

  • Mercury: --
  • Lynx: --

technical fouls

  • Mercury: Taylor
  • Lynx: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 12
  • Times Tied: 6

arena stats

  • Arena: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Officials: #55 Eric Brewton, #8 Daryl Humphrey, #53 Jeff Smith
  • Attendance: 11820
  • Duration: 2:01
Phoenix Mercury (10-4) Minnesota Lynx (7-5)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball McWilliams-Franklin vs Braxton (Brunson gains possession) 
  09:52 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:50  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Johnson (1 AST)  09:43
[PHO 3-0]
 
  09:24 Whalen Jump Shot: Missed 
Braxton Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:22  
Taylor Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Johnson (2 AST)  09:17
[PHO 5-0]
 
  09:01
[MIN 2-5]
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Moore (1 AST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Johnson (3 AST)  08:49
[PHO 8-2]
 
  08:31 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:30  
Braxton Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST)  08:23
[PHO 10-2]
 
  08:22 Team Timeout : Regular 
  08:06 Brunson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Braxton (1 ST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:48
[PHO 12-2]
 
  07:26 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Johnson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:24  
Taylor Layup Shot: Missed  07:19  
  07:18 Team Rebound 
  07:18 Moore Substitution replaced by Wright 
  07:18 Augustus Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  07:05 Wright Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  07:03  
  07:03 Brunson Substitution replaced by Harris 
Taylor Jump Shot: Missed Block: Wiggins (1 BLK)  06:53  
  06:52 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:40
[MIN 4-12]
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Harris (1 AST) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Dupree (1 AST)  06:22
[PHO 15-4]
 
  06:05 Whalen Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:04 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  06:01 McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:00  
Braxton Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taylor (2 AST)  05:53
[PHO 17-4]
 
  05:50 Team Timeout : Regular 
Taurasi Foul : Personal (1 PF)  05:41  
  05:36
[MIN 6-17]
Harris Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (1 AST) 
Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed  05:17  
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:15  
Dupree Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (4 PTS)  05:12
[PHO 19-6]
 
  04:58
[MIN 8-19]
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (2 AST) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  04:47  
  04:45 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:40
[MIN 10-19]
Wright Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Taylor Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  04:40  
Johnson Substitution replaced by Gray-Lawson  04:40  
  04:40 McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Houston 
  04:40 Wright Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:39  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  04:31  
  04:30 Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:20
[MIN 13-19]
Houston 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Whalen (1 AST) 
Gray-Lawson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Whalen (1 ST)  04:07  
  04:01 Wright Layup Shot: Missed Block: Taylor (1 BLK) 
  04:00 Houston Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  03:59 Houston Layup Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:58  
Braxton Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST)  03:53
[PHO 21-13]
 
  03:40 Whalen Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:38 Harris Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  03:38 Harris Tip Shot: Missed 
Braxton Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:36  
  03:32 Houston Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Braxton Substitution replaced by Bonner  03:32  
Taylor Substitution replaced by Ferdinand-Harris  03:32  
  03:32 Whalen Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle 
  03:26 Wright Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  03:26 Wright Substitution replaced by Augustus 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST)  03:14
[PHO 24-13]
 
  02:56
[MIN 15-24]
Augustus Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Taurasi Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (1 TO)  02:52  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Taylor  02:52  
Gray-Lawson Substitution replaced by Johnson  02:52  
  02:52 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Moore 
  02:41
[MIN 17-24]
Augustus Floating Jump shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Houston (1 AST) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taylor (3 AST)  02:20
[PHO 27-17]
 
  02:06 Houston 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ferdinand-Harris Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:04  
Johnson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Hornbuckle (1 ST)  01:48  
Johnson Violation:Kicked Ball  01:47  
Dupree Substitution replaced by Sanford  01:47  
  01:47 Harris Substitution replaced by Brunson 
Johnson Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  01:32  
  01:32
[MIN 18-27]
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  01:32
[MIN 19-27]
Brunson Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Sanford Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  01:21  
Sanford Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  01:21  
Bonner Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  01:10  
  01:10
[MIN 20-27]
Houston Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  01:10
[MIN 21-27]
Houston Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Ferdinand-Harris Jump Shot: Missed  00:58.9  
  00:57.5 Hornbuckle Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:32.9 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:31.7  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  00:22.9  
  00:21.8 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Bonner Violation:Kicked Ball  00:09.8  
  00:03.9 Houston 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:02.5 Team Rebound 
  00:00.2 Houston Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 1st Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (10-4) Minnesota Lynx (7-5)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
Dupree Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taylor (4 AST)  09:46
[PHO 29-21]
 
  09:25
[MIN 23-29]
Brunson Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Whalen (2 AST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  09:09  
  09:08 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:58 Moore Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  08:58 Moore Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Taylor Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Moore (1 ST)  08:40  
  08:35 Augustus Running Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:34 Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  08:33 Whalen Layup Shot: Missed 
  08:32 Augustus Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
Taylor Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  08:32  
  08:32
[MIN 24-29]
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  08:32
[MIN 25-29]
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Johnson Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Brunson (1 ST)  08:20  
  08:16
[MIN 27-29]
Brunson Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Johnson Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:08
[PHO 31-27]
 
  07:56
[MIN 29-31]
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (3 AST) 
Braxton Jump Shot: Missed Block: McWilliams-Franklin (1 BLK)  07:44  
  07:42 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  07:30 McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:28 Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  07:24 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:23 Team Rebound 
Dupree Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF)  07:23  
  07:11 Brunson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Braxton (1 BLK) 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  07:09  
Taurasi Running Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  07:06
[PHO 33-29]
 
  07:06 McWilliams-Franklin Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS)  07:06
[PHO 34-29]
 
  06:43 Whalen Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Johnson (1 ST) 
Taurasi Layup Shot: Missed  06:38  
Johnson Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:35  
Johnson Jump Shot: Missed  06:33  
  06:32 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Braxton Foul : Personal (1 PF)  06:25  
Johnson Substitution replaced by Gray-Lawson  06:25  
  06:16
[MIN 31-34]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Moore (2 AST) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  06:03  
  06:01 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  05:54
[MIN 33-34]
Moore Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (4 AST) 
  05:47 Whalen Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  05:47  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Ferdinand-Harris  05:47  
  05:47 Whalen Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle 
  05:47 Augustus Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
Gray-Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  05:40  
  05:38 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  05:24
[MIN 35-34]
Moore Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (1 AST) 
Taylor Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  05:24  
Taylor Substitution replaced by Bonner  05:24  
Taylor Technical  05:24  
  05:24
[MIN 36-34]
Moore Free Throw Technical (5 PTS) 
  05:24 Moore Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Braxton Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:22  
Bonner Reverse Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Braxton (1 AST)  05:00
[PHO 36-36]
 
  04:39
[MIN 38-36]
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Ferdinand-Harris Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  04:21
[PHO 38-38]
 
  04:21 Hornbuckle Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  04:21 Hornbuckle Substitution replaced by Whalen 
Ferdinand-Harris Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS)  04:21
[PHO 39-38]
 
  04:02 McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:00 Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  03:57
[MIN 41-39]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Brunson (1 AST) 
  03:42 Moore Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Missed Block: Brunson (1 BLK)  03:33  
  03:31 Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  03:22
[MIN 43-39]
McWilliams-Franklin Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:17  
Braxton Substitution replaced by Taurasi  03:17  
  03:17 Moore Substitution replaced by Augustus 
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST)  03:06
[PHO 41-43]
 
  02:45 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:44  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  02:36  
  02:35 Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  02:27
[MIN 45-41]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (2 AST) 
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:McWilliams-Franklin (1 ST)  02:11  
  02:02 McWilliams-Franklin Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (4 AST)  01:50
[PHO 43-45]
 
Gray-Lawson Foul : Personal (1 PF)  01:40  
  01:40
[MIN 46-43]
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  01:40
[MIN 47-43]
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  01:30  
Dupree Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  01:27  
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Whalen (2 ST)  01:24  
  01:20 Whalen Layup Shot: Missed 
Gray-Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:19  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  01:00  
  00:59.9 Augustus Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  00:53.3
[MIN 49-43]
Augustus Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Ferdinand-Harris Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  00:42.5
[PHO 45-49]
 
  00:25.3 Wiggins Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  00:25.3 Wiggins Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
  00:25.3 Augustus Substitution replaced by Wright 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:25.3  
Gray-Lawson Substitution replaced by Johnson  00:25.3  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Ferdinand-Harris (1 AST)  00:04.5
[PHO 48-49]
 
  00:00.6 Brunson Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Ferdinand-Harris Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:00.2  
End of 2nd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (10-4) Minnesota Lynx (7-5)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
  09:48 McWilliams-Franklin Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Braxton Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  09:48
[PHO 49-49]
 
Braxton Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  09:48
[PHO 50-49]
 
  09:27
[MIN 51-50]
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Braxton Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  09:27  
  09:27 Whalen Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  09:26  
  09:10 McWilliams-Franklin Foul : Shooting Block (3 PF) 
Dupree Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  09:10
[PHO 51-51]
 
Dupree Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  09:10
[PHO 52-51]
 
  08:58 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  08:57  
  08:57 McWilliams-Franklin Foul : Loose Ball (4 PF) 
Dupree Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  08:51  
Dupree Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  08:51  
  08:51 McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Harris 
Johnson Foul : Personal (2 PF)  08:39  
  08:28 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  08:26  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  08:18  
  08:17 Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  08:12
[MIN 53-52]
Whalen Running Bank shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO)  08:06  
  07:50 Brunson Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:47 Team Rebound 
  07:40
[MIN 55-52]
Harris Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Whalen (3 AST) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Taylor (5 AST)  07:28
[PHO 54-55]
 
  07:19 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  07:18  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Taylor (6 AST)  07:12
[PHO 56-55]
 
  06:53 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Braxton Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:51  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Johnson (4 AST)  06:47
[PHO 58-55]
 
  06:37 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:24 Whalen Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
  06:23 Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
  06:22
[MIN 57-58]
Brunson Putback Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Dupree Running Reverse Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Taylor (7 AST)  06:07
[PHO 60-57]
 
  05:57
[MIN 59-60]
Moore Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Taurasi Running Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS)  05:50
[PHO 62-59]
 
  05:40
[MIN 61-62]
Augustus Step Back Jump shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  05:35  
Johnson Substitution replaced by Gray-Lawson  05:35  
Braxton Jump Shot: Missed  05:20  
  05:19 Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:8) 
  05:07
[MIN 63-62]
Harris Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Whalen (4 AST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  04:50  
  04:49 Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:9) 
  04:38
[MIN 65-62]
Moore Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
  04:33 Moore Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  04:33 Harris Substitution replaced by Adair 
Braxton Substitution replaced by Bonner  04:33  
Gray-Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  04:14  
  04:12 Augustus Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:05 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:03 Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:9) 
  03:51 Whalen Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Taurasi (1 ST) 
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Taylor (8 AST)  03:44
[PHO 64-65]
 
  03:28
[MIN 67-64]
Whalen Pullup Jump shot: Made (14 PTS) 
  03:13 Adair Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Dupree Substitution replaced by Sanford  03:13  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Ferdinand-Harris  03:13  
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  03:13
[PHO 65-67]
 
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  03:13
[PHO 66-67]
 
  03:04 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
Sanford Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:03  
Sanford Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  02:53  
Sanford Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  02:53  
  02:53 Whalen Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle 
  02:53 Moore Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  02:47 Hornbuckle Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Sanford Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Wiggins (1 ST)  02:47  
  02:39 Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  02:38  
Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Hornbuckle (2 ST)  02:30  
  02:22
[MIN 69-66]
Wiggins Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  02:13  
  02:12 Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:10) 
Ferdinand-Harris Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF)  02:12  
Gray-Lawson Substitution replaced by Johnson  02:12  
  01:57 Hornbuckle 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:56  
  01:52 Adair Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Taurasi  01:52  
Sanford Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  01:52
[PHO 67-69]
 
  01:52 Adair Substitution replaced by Harris 
Sanford Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:52  
  01:50 Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:11) 
Johnson Foul : Personal (3 PF)  01:39  
  01:34
[MIN 71-67]
Augustus Driving Bank shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Ferdinand-Harris Layup Shot: Missed Block: Brunson (2 BLK)  01:24  
Team Rebound  01:23  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Ferdinand-Harris (2 AST)  01:21
[PHO 70-71]
 
  01:02
[MIN 74-70]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Augustus (1 AST) 
Ferdinand-Harris Jump Shot: Missed  00:45.9  
  00:43.9 Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:12) 
  00:36.9
[MIN 76-70]
Hornbuckle Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  00:17.9  
Team Rebound  00:16.3  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Sanford (1 AST)  00:14.1
[PHO 73-76]
 
  00:02.8 Wiggins Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  00:02.8 Wiggins Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.3  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 3rd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (10-4) Minnesota Lynx (7-5)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
  09:42
[MIN 78-73]
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Whalen (5 AST) 
Dupree 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (5 AST)  09:29
[PHO 76-78]
 
  09:16
[MIN 80-76]
Augustus Pullup Jump shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  09:06  
  09:05 Augustus Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  08:47
[MIN 83-76]
Whalen 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Adair (1 AST) 
Taylor Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Adair (1 ST)  08:40  
  08:32 Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed 
  08:30 Moore Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  08:27
[MIN 85-76]
Moore Putback Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Braxton Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (6 AST)  08:20
[PHO 78-85]
 
Taurasi Foul : Personal (2 PF)  08:03  
Bonner Substitution replaced by Johnson  08:03  
  07:56
[MIN 87-78]
Moore Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (5 AST) 
Braxton Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Johnson (5 AST)  07:46
[PHO 80-87]
 
  07:35 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:34 Team Rebound 
Taurasi Foul : Personal (3 PF)  07:27  
  07:18
[MIN 89-80]
Augustus Driving Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  07:08  
  07:06 Moore Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  06:49 McWilliams-Franklin 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:47 Adair Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  06:34 Augustus Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
Taylor Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  06:31  
  06:31
[MIN 90-80]
Moore Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  06:31
[MIN 91-80]
Moore Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed Block: McWilliams-Franklin (2 BLK)  06:17  
Dupree Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  06:15  
Dupree Layup Shot: Missed  06:14  
  06:12 Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  06:08 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:07 Adair Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
Braxton Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  06:07  
  06:07 Adair Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:07 Team Rebound 
  06:07 Adair Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Johnson Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  06:06  
  06:03 Wiggins Foul : Loose Ball (3 PF) 
  06:03 Whalen Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle 
  06:03 Moore Substitution replaced by Augustus 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (7 AST)  06:00
[PHO 83-91]
 
Braxton Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  05:38  
  05:38  
Braxton Substitution replaced by Bonner  05:38  
  05:38 Adair Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  05:38 Team Rebound 
  05:38 Adair Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  05:36  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Johnson (6 AST)  05:31
[PHO 86-91]
 
  05:16
[MIN 93-86]
Adair Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Augustus (2 AST) 
Johnson 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (8 AST)  05:02
[PHO 89-93]
 
  04:42 Adair Jump Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  04:40  
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Johnson (7 AST)  04:31
[PHO 92-93]
 
  04:24 Team Timeout : Short 
  04:24 Hornbuckle Substitution replaced by Whalen 
  04:24 Adair Substitution replaced by Brunson 
  04:24 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Moore 
  04:14 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  04:12  
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:Whalen (3 ST)  04:09  
  04:03
[MIN 95-92]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Whalen (6 AST) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  03:48  
Team Rebound  03:46  
Taylor Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS)  03:38
[PHO 94-95]
 
  03:25 Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed Block: McWilliams-Franklin (3 BLK)  03:18  
  03:17 Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Taylor Foul : Shooting (5 PF)  03:04  
  03:04
[MIN 96-94]
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  03:04
[MIN 97-94]
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Taurasi Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (24 PTS) Assist: Dupree (2 AST)  02:53
[PHO 96-97]
 
  02:33
[MIN 99-96]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Augustus (3 AST) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS)  02:22
[PHO 99-99]
 
  01:58 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  01:57  
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Johnson (8 AST)  01:48
[PHO 101-99]
 
  01:48 Brunson Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:48  
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 1 (20 PTS)  01:48
[PHO 102-99]
 
Bonner Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  01:33  
  01:33
[MIN 100-102]
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  01:33
[MIN 101-102]
Brunson Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  01:17  
  01:15 Moore Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  01:11
[MIN 103-102]
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Moore (3 AST) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  00:53.9  
  00:52.8 Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:46.9 Augustus Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Taylor (1 ST) 
  00:45.1 Augustus Foul : Clear Path (1 PF) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (17 PTS)  00:45.1
[PHO 103-103]
 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS)  00:45.1
[PHO 104-103]
 
  00:23.8 Moore Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 3 (25 PTS)  00:23.8
[PHO 105-103]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 3 (26 PTS)  00:23.8
[PHO 106-103]
 
Johnson Substitution replaced by Braxton  00:23.8  
Taurasi Free Throw 3 of 3 (27 PTS)  00:23.8
[PHO 107-103]
 
  00:15.9 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:14.7 Brunson Rebound (Off:4 Def:12) 
Bonner Foul : Personal (3 PF)  00:13.8  
  00:13.8
[MIN 104-107]
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  00:13.8
[MIN 105-107]
Brunson Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
  00:13.3 Augustus Foul : Personal Take (2 PF) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (19 PTS)  00:13.3
[PHO 108-105]
 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:13.3  
Team Rebound  00:13.0  
  00:07.2 Moore Foul : Personal Take (5 PF) 
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (21 PTS)  00:07.2
[PHO 109-105]
 
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (22 PTS)  00:07.2
[PHO 110-105]
 
  00:07.2 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:07.2 Brunson Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  00:04.9 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:03.8  
  00:03.8 Wiggins Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (23 PTS)  00:03.8
[PHO 111-105]
 
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (24 PTS)  00:03.8
[PHO 112-105]
 
  00:00.4 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- NBA TV National 1:00 pm ET
-- FSA Local 1:00 pm ET
-- FSNN-MIN Local 1:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
PHO
3rd West
19
15
5-5
11-6
8-9
MIN
1st West
27
7
9-1
14-3
13-4
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
Lynx Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .461 .
FT% .737 .
Points 81.5 NaN
Rebounds 36.5 NaN
Assists 18.1 NaN
Steals 7.3 NaN
Blocks 3.6 NaN
3-Point % .368 .
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Dream Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .446 .
FT% .694 .
Points 82.5 NaN
Rebounds 36.1 NaN
Assists 18.4 NaN
Steals 9.3 NaN
Blocks 5.3 NaN
3-Point % .261 .
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