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Taylor, Taurasi lead Mercury past Liberty


By VIN A. CHERWOO
Posted Jul 30 2011 10:59PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Penny Taylor kept the Phoenix Mercury in control most of the game and Diana Taurasi finished off the New York Liberty in the final minute.

Taylor scored 29 points, Taurasi had 16, including a key layup and 3-pointer in the final 40 seconds, and the Mercury beat the Liberty 91-84 Saturday night.

``She was great,'' Taurasi said of Taylor. ``She was the only person really giving us anything offensively. And the way they schemed defensively, it's hard but she found a way to kind of find her spots and made them pay.''

Candice Dupree added 10 points and seven rebounds to help the Mercury (11-7) snap a three-game losing streak. Phoenix shot 51 percent (29 for 57) from the field and 26 for 28 from the free-throw line. Taylor was 8 for 11 on field goals and 11 for 11 on free throws.

Taurasi hedged when asked if the Mercury, who had won 10 of 11 before their skid, were desperate for a victory.

``We didn't really say anything in the locker room, we didn't act that way but I think it just happens naturally when you think you're a pretty good team and you lose three in a row,'' she said. ``A couple of games we probably should've won if we did the right things ... so there was probably a sense of desperation underneath our confidence.''

Nicole Powell scored 16 points, Plenette Pierson had 15 and Cappie Pondexter 13 for the Liberty (10-8), who lost for the third time in five games after winning four straight. Essence Carson added 12 points and Kia Vaughn had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Pondexter, averaging 17.4 points and shooting 43 percent from the field coming in, was just 4 for 19, including 1 for 8 on 3s.

``I don't think I took any bad shots,'' she said. ``I probably could have gone to the basket a lot more. ... It's kind of a mental thing I guess, for myself. But you have those kinds of games sometimes.''

Taylor's three-point play with 5:45 to go extended Phoenix's lead to 78-69, its biggest of the game.

The Liberty then started to chip away. Pierson had a layup and made a free throw to pull New York within five with 3 1/2 minutes to go. Powell made a pull-up jumper and Pondexter hit a 3 to get the Liberty to 84-82 with 1:30 remaining.

After Dupree threw the ball away for the Mercury's 20th turnover, Carson was whistled for an offensive foul on the other end.

Taurasi then had a layup with 39 seconds to go to push the lead back to four, and after Pondexter missed a jumper at the other end, Taurasi hit a 3 with 25 remaining to seal the win. Ketia Swanier added two free throws with 11 seconds to go.

``We had a chance, we got it back 84-82,'' Liberty coach John Whisenant said. ``We were with the ball and we just needed to execute and ... we got a charge. That's something we need to work on. We can't do that and expect to win against good teams.''

Mercury coach Corey Gaines was puzzled by his team's turnover total, which led to 30 points for the Liberty.

``Twenty turnovers in a game, I do not know why it's happening,'' Gaines said. ``They were being too unselfish. If you cut those in half we would have another 10 points in the game. It's one of those things where we'll get it fixed.''

After Taylor's layup in the opening minute of the third quarter gave Phoenix an eight-point lead, New York used a 10-2 run to tie the score on Powell's 3 with about 7:23 left in the period.

The score remained close, with six more ties and neither team leading by more than three until Phoenix scored seven consecutive points to take a 70-65 lead on DeWanna Bonner's layup with under 9 minutes to go in the game.

Pondexter made two free throws to pull the Liberty within three, but Bonner had another layup and Taurasi - fouled while shooting a 3 - made three from the line to push the Mercury's lead to eight with 6:55 left.

Taylor scored 11 points and Dupree had 10 in the first half as the Mercury led 42-36 at the break.

The Mercury shot 50 percent (14 for 28), including 9 for 14 in the second quarter as they outscored the Liberty 25-17. New York was 8 for 21 in the first quarter and 8 for 20 in the second

``They kept pressing on the board during the first half,'' Taylor said. ``We came back and played hard basketball towards the end. It came down to defense and defensive rebounds, of course.''

The Mercury used a 15-1 run to go ahead 42-34 on Dupree's layup with under 25 seconds to go in the second quarter. Taylor and Dupree had four points each during the spurt.

Carson's layup with 13 seconds left was New York's first field goal in slightly more than 3 minutes.


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Mercury
Liberty
     
    • 50.9%

    • 42.5%

    • 36.8%

    • 26.3%

    • 92.9%

    • 57.9%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
PHO NYL
Total Rebounds 7 9
Offensive Rebounds 5 14
Turnovers 20 15
Fast Break Pts: 12 8
Biggest Lead: 9 7
Points in the Paint: 40 46
PHO NYL
p Taylor   29 Powell   16
rb Bonner   9 Vaughn   10
a Swanier   7 Vaughn   4
s Taylor   3 Powell   6
b Bonner   3 3 players   1
 
  • 07/30 - PHO 91 @ NYL 84
  • 08/23 - NYL 74 @ PHO 70
Phoenix Mercury (13-10)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C. Dupree F 28:29 4-8 0-0 2-2 +8 0 7 7 0 3 0 3 0 0 10
P. Taylor F 33:04 8-13 2-4 11-11 +8 1 3 4 3 1 3 3 0 1 29
K. Braxton F-C 15:17 3-4 1-1 0-0 -13 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 7
T. Johnson G 19:43 0-2 0-2 0-0 -8 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0
D. Taurasi G 33:19 4-13 2-9 6-6 +11 1 2 3 3 5 2 4 0 0 16
M. Ferdinand-Harris   13:37 2-6 1-1 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 5
D. Bonner   18:18 3-4 0-0 2-2 +13 0 9 9 1 3 0 1 3 1 8
K. Swanier   20:17 2-3 1-2 3-4 +15 0 3 3 7 1 0 3 0 0 8
N. Sanford   14:51 3-4 0-0 2-3 +7 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 8
O. Sanni   03:05 0-0 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
A. Gray-Lawson DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 29-57 7-19 26-28   5 29 34 18 19 7 20 5 3 91
  50.9% 36.8% 92.9%   team rebs: 7 total to: 20
New York Liberty (13-11)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
P. Pierson F-C 23:43 7-12 0-0 1-2 +2 0 1 1 1 5 1 1 0 1 15
N. Powell F 29:28 7-10 2-5 0-0 +1 1 3 4 3 2 6 2 1 0 16
K. Vaughn C 31:02 5-13 0-0 1-3 -8 5 5 10 4 3 2 1 1 1 11
L. Mitchell G 19:07 3-4 2-3 0-0 +3 0 3 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 8
C. Pondexter G 37:09 4-19 1-8 4-6 -8 1 2 3 3 4 0 2 0 2 13
E. Carson   23:44 4-15 0-2 4-6 -9 1 0 1 1 2 1 5 1 1 12
Q. Hollingsworth   20:18 4-6 0-0 0-0 -8 5 3 8 0 5 1 3 0 0 8
A. Montgomery   10:32 0-1 0-1 0-0 -8 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
T. Phillips   04:57 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
S. Colson DNP - Coach's Decision
S. Spencer DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 34-80 5-19 11-19   14 20 34 15 24 13 15 3 5 84
  42.5% 26.3% 57.9%   team rebs: 9 total to: 16

inactive

  • Mercury: --
  • Liberty: --

technical fouls

  • Mercury: --
  • Liberty: Pondexter

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 10
  • Times Tied: 14

arena stats

  • Arena: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
  • Officials: #4 Sue Blauch, #7 Clarke Stevens, #31 Amy Bonner
  • Attendance: 7214
  • Duration: 1:55
Phoenix Mercury (12-7) New York Liberty (10-9)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Vaughn vs Braxton (Taylor gains possession) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  09:53  
  09:51 Mitchell Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:41 Vaughn Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  09:41 Vaughn Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Taylor Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Powell (1 ST)  09:31  
  09:08 Vaughn Jump Shot: Missed 
Braxton Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:07  
Dupree Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  09:00  
  08:59 Vaughn Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:46 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:45  
  08:40 Pierson Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST)  08:37
[PHO 2-0]
 
  08:15 Pierson Layup Shot: Missed 
  08:13 Vaughn Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  08:12
[NYL 2-2]
Vaughn Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  08:08 Pondexter Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Dupree Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  08:08
[PHO 3-2]
 
Dupree Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  08:08
[PHO 4-2]
 
  07:53
[NYL 4-4]
Powell Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Vaughn (1 AST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  07:41  
  07:40 Mitchell Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:32 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:31 Vaughn Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  07:28
[NYL 6-4]
Vaughn Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Braxton Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  07:28  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Ferdinand-Harris  07:28  
  07:28 Pondexter Substitution replaced by Carson 
  07:28 Vaughn Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:27  
  07:13 Powell Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  07:13
[PHO 5-6]
 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  07:13
[PHO 6-6]
 
  07:00 Pierson Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
Braxton Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  06:43  
  06:34
[NYL 9-6]
Mitchell 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Ferdinand-Harris Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Vaughn (1 ST)  06:22  
  06:12
[NYL 11-6]
Pierson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Vaughn (2 AST) 
Taylor Jump Shot: Missed  05:54  
  05:53 Powell Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:48 Powell Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Taylor (1 ST) 
Dupree Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Carson (1 ST)  05:41  
  05:37
[NYL 13-6]
Pierson Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Carson (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:34  
Taylor Substitution replaced by Taurasi  05:34  
Braxton Substitution replaced by Bonner  05:34  
Ferdinand-Harris Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  05:27
[PHO 8-13]
 
  05:14 Carson 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:13 Powell Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  05:08 Powell 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:07  
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST)  05:01
[PHO 10-13]
 
  04:37 Vaughn Jump Shot: Missed Block: Bonner (1 BLK) 
  04:37 Team Rebound 
Johnson Substitution replaced by Swanier  04:37  
  04:37 Mitchell Substitution replaced by Pondexter 
  04:33 Carson Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:31 Team Rebound 
  04:31 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  04:17  
  04:16 Powell Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  03:59 Vaughn Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:58  
Ferdinand-Harris Jump Shot: Missed  03:48  
  03:47 Team Rebound 
Dupree Substitution replaced by Taylor  03:47  
Ferdinand-Harris Substitution replaced by Sanford  03:47  
  03:30 Carson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:28  
Taylor Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  03:15  
  02:51 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:50  
Sanford Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Swanier (1 AST)  02:41
[PHO 12-13]
 
  02:28 Carson Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
  02:16 Pierson Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  02:16
[PHO 13-13]
 
  02:16 Pierson Substitution replaced by Hollingsworth 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  02:16
[PHO 14-13]
 
Bonner Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  02:05  
  02:05
[NYL 14-14]
Pondexter Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  02:05 Pondexter Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  02:04 Hollingsworth Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  02:02
[NYL 16-14]
Hollingsworth Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Swanier (2 AST)  01:50
[PHO 17-16]
 
  01:23 Hollingsworth Jump Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:23  
Swanier 3pt Shot: Missed  01:06  
  01:04 Powell Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:43.9 Pondexter Layup Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:41.8  
Taurasi Layup Shot: Missed  00:32.8  
  00:31.2 Vaughn Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  00:19.2
[NYL 19-17]
Powell 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (1 AST) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  00:01.8  
  00:01.7 Vaughn Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
End of 1st Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (12-7) New York Liberty (10-9)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
  09:44 Carson Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:43 Carson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:40 Carson Jump Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:38  
  09:37 Hollingsworth Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Taylor Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Vaughn (2 ST)  09:22  
  09:00
[NYL 21-17]
Carson Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST)  08:41
[PHO 20-21]
 
  08:19 Powell Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
  08:19 Vaughn Substitution replaced by Pierson 
  08:19 Jump Ball Carson vs Taylor (Taurasi gains possession) 
  08:19 Carson Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Taylor (2 ST) 
Sanni Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  08:08  
Taylor Substitution replaced by Ferdinand-Harris  08:08  
  07:52
[NYL 23-20]
Pondexter Jump Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  07:36  
  07:35 Hollingsworth Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:21 Pondexter Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ferdinand-Harris (1 ST) 
Ferdinand-Harris Layup Shot: Missed  07:17  
  07:14 Montgomery Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:09 Carson 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:08 Montgomery Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  06:58 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:57 Team Rebound 
  06:55 Carson Substitution replaced by Mitchell 
Sanni Substitution replaced by Dupree  06:55  
  06:45 Pierson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Braxton (1 BLK) 
  06:44 Hollingsworth Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  06:43
[NYL 25-20]
Hollingsworth Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Hollingsworth (1 ST)  06:32  
  06:31
[NYL 27-20]
Pondexter Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Mitchell (1 AST) 
Taurasi Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed  06:13  
  06:10 Pierson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:53 Montgomery Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Braxton (1 ST) 
Braxton 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Johnson (1 AST)  05:45
[PHO 23-27]
 
Taurasi Foul : Personal (1 PF)  05:32  
  05:32  
Johnson Substitution replaced by Swanier  05:32  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Taylor  05:32  
  05:23 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:21 Hollingsworth Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
Ferdinand-Harris Foul : Personal (1 PF)  05:16  
  05:11
[NYL 29-23]
Mitchell Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Dupree Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Swanier (3 AST)  04:46
[PHO 25-29]
 
  04:21 Hollingsworth Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  04:21 Hollingsworth Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Braxton Substitution replaced by Bonner  04:21  
Swanier Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  04:15  
  03:59 Pierson Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:58 Hollingsworth Rebound (Off:4 Def:1) 
  03:57
[NYL 31-25]
Hollingsworth Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
  03:33 Pierson Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  03:33 Pierson Substitution replaced by Vaughn 
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  03:33
[PHO 26-31]
 
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  03:33
[PHO 27-31]
 
  03:18 Montgomery 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:17 Hollingsworth Rebound (Off:5 Def:1) 
  03:15 Hollingsworth Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:13 Vaughn Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  03:12
[NYL 33-27]
Vaughn Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Taylor Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS)  03:00
[PHO 29-33]
 
  02:42 Vaughn Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  02:41  
Ferdinand-Harris 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST)  02:31
[PHO 32-33]
 
  02:19 Mitchell 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:19  
  02:02 Montgomery Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  02:02 Team Timeout : Regular 
Ferdinand-Harris Substitution replaced by Taurasi  02:02  
Bonner Substitution replaced by Sanford  02:02  
  02:02 Mitchell Substitution replaced by Carson 
  02:02 Montgomery Substitution replaced by Powell 
  01:54 Powell Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS)  01:54
[PHO 33-33]
 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  01:54
[PHO 34-33]
 
Dupree Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  01:41  
  01:41
[NYL 34-34]
Vaughn Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  01:41 Vaughn Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Sanford Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:40  
Sanford Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Swanier (4 AST)  01:25
[PHO 36-34]
 
Swanier Foul : Personal (1 PF)  01:15  
  01:05 Powell Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Taylor (3 ST) 
Taylor Driving Jump shot: Missed  01:00  
Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  00:59.4  
Taurasi Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  00:58.6
[PHO 38-34]
 
  00:51.9 Powell 3pt Shot: Missed 
Swanier Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:48.9  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Swanier (5 AST)  00:44.9
[PHO 40-34]
 
  00:33.1 Hollingsworth Foul : Offensive (3 PF) 
  00:33.1 Hollingsworth Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Swanier Substitution replaced by Johnson  00:33.1  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Johnson (2 AST)  00:24.6
[PHO 42-34]
 
  00:13.3
[NYL 36-42]
Carson Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.1  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (12-7) New York Liberty (10-9)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
  09:44 Pondexter Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  09:43  
Taylor Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Braxton (1 AST)  09:31
[PHO 44-36]
 
  09:11 Pierson Layup Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  09:10  
Johnson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Mitchell (1 ST)  09:01  
  08:57
[NYL 38-44]
Pierson Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Powell (1 AST) 
Taylor Jump Shot: Missed Block: Powell (1 BLK)  08:49  
  08:47 Vaughn Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  08:37
[NYL 40-44]
Pierson Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (2 AST) 
Johnson Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  08:24  
  08:11
[NYL 43-44]
Mitchell 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Vaughn (3 AST) 
Braxton Layup Shot: Missed Block: Vaughn (1 BLK)  07:53  
Braxton Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  07:52  
Braxton Jump Hook Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Taylor (2 AST)  07:48
[PHO 46-43]
 
Braxton Foul : Personal (2 PF)  07:30  
Johnson Substitution replaced by Swanier  07:30  
  07:23
[NYL 46-46]
Powell 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Pierson (1 AST) 
  07:04 Pierson Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS)  07:04
[PHO 47-46]
 
  07:04 Pierson Substitution replaced by Hollingsworth 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS)  07:04
[PHO 48-46]
 
  06:50
[NYL 48-48]
Pondexter Running Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Swanier Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Powell (2 ST)  06:44  
  06:38 Pondexter Technical 
Taurasi Free Throw Technical (6 PTS)  06:38
[PHO 49-48]
 
  06:30
[NYL 50-49]
Powell Running Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Braxton Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Swanier (6 AST)  06:04
[PHO 51-50]
 
Taurasi Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:49  
  05:49
[NYL 51-51]
Pondexter Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  05:49 Mitchell Substitution replaced by Carson 
  05:49 Pondexter Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Braxton Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:48  
Swanier 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Taylor (3 AST)  05:34
[PHO 54-51]
 
  05:15
[NYL 53-54]
Hollingsworth Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Powell (2 AST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  05:04  
  05:03 Vaughn Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
  04:55 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  04:54  
  04:48 Carson Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  04:48  
Braxton Substitution replaced by Ferdinand-Harris  04:48  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Bonner  04:48  
  04:48 Team Violation : Delay Of Game 
Swanier Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:48  
Team Rebound  04:48  
Swanier Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  04:48
[PHO 55-53]
 
  04:39 Hollingsworth Turnover : 3 Second Violation (3 TO) 
Dupree Substitution replaced by Sanford  04:39  
Swanier Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Powell (3 ST)  04:27  
  04:22
[NYL 55-55]
Powell Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Swanier Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)  04:03
[PHO 57-55]
 
  03:48
[NYL 57-57]
Carson Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Vaughn (4 AST) 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Taurasi  03:31  
Swanier Substitution replaced by Johnson  03:31  
  03:27 Hollingsworth Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Ferdinand-Harris Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed  03:16  
Sanford Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  03:15  
Sanford Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  03:14
[PHO 59-57]
 
  03:14 Hollingsworth Foul : Shooting (5 PF) 
  03:14 Hollingsworth Substitution replaced by Phillips 
Sanford Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS)  03:14
[PHO 60-57]
 
  02:53 Carson Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  02:52  
Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Powell (4 ST)  02:49  
  02:45 Carson Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:44 Pondexter Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  02:43 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  02:41  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  02:36  
  02:35 Phillips Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Sanford Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  02:28  
  02:28
[NYL 58-60]
Carson Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  02:28
[NYL 59-60]
Carson Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Ferdinand-Harris Jump Shot: Missed  02:10  
Sanford Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  02:09  
  02:08 Phillips Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Sanford Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:08  
Team Rebound  02:08  
Sanford Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  02:08
[PHO 61-59]
 
  01:57
[NYL 61-61]
Carson Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed Block: Carson (1 BLK)  01:41  
  01:39 Phillips Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  01:34 Vaughn Layup Shot: Missed 
  01:33 Team Rebound 
Sanford Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF)  01:33  
  01:27 Carson Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:24 Team Rebound 
Bonner Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF)  01:24  
  01:24
[NYL 62-61]
Phillips Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  01:24 Phillips Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Sanford Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  01:24  
Ferdinand-Harris Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Powell (5 ST)  01:14  
  01:09 Pondexter Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Ferdinand-Harris (1 BLK) 
  01:06 Team Rebound 
Ferdinand-Harris Foul : Personal (2 PF)  00:57.8  
  00:57.8
[NYL 63-61]
Carson Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Ferdinand-Harris Substitution replaced by Taylor  00:57.8  
  00:57.8 Carson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  00:57.8  
Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS)  00:40.8
[PHO 63-63]
 
  00:23.6
[NYL 65-63]
Vaughn Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (3 AST) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Johnson (3 AST)  00:12.9
[PHO 66-65]
 
  00:06.9 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:05.3  
Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.2  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 3rd Qtr
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  09:47 Vaughn Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  09:42 Phillips Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  09:42
[PHO 67-65]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  09:42
[PHO 68-65]
 
  09:33 Pondexter Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  09:32  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  09:13  
  09:12 Pondexter Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  09:07 Pondexter Layup Shot: Missed Block: Bonner (2 BLK) 
  09:07 Team Rebound 
  09:04 Carson Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  09:03  
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST)  08:57
[PHO 70-65]
 
  08:29 Carson Driving Jump shot: Missed Block: Bonner (3 BLK) 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  08:28  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  08:21  
  08:20 Pondexter Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Bonner Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  08:17  
  08:17
[NYL 66-70]
Pondexter Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  08:17 Carson Substitution replaced by Mitchell 
  08:17 Phillips Substitution replaced by Pierson 
  08:17
[NYL 67-70]
Pondexter Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Taurasi Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Mitchell (2 ST)  08:01  
Taurasi Foul : Personal (3 PF)  08:00  
  07:51 Pondexter Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  07:51 Pondexter Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  07:39
[PHO 72-67]
 
  07:14 Vaughn Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  07:13  
  06:55 Pondexter Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Swanier Substitution replaced by Johnson  06:55  
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 3 (9 PTS)  06:55
[PHO 73-67]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 3 (10 PTS)  06:55
[PHO 74-67]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 3 of 3 (11 PTS)  06:55
[PHO 75-67]
 
  06:44 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  06:43  
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  06:24  
  06:23 Mitchell Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Taylor Foul : Personal (1 PF)  06:16  
  06:03 Pierson Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:02 Vaughn Rebound (Off:4 Def:5) 
  05:57
[NYL 69-75]
Pierson Running Bank shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Mitchell (2 AST) 
Taylor Driving Jump shot: Made (22 PTS)  05:45
[PHO 77-69]
 
  05:45 Vaughn Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  05:45 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:45 Montgomery Substitution replaced by Powell 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 1 (23 PTS)  05:45
[PHO 78-69]
 
  05:21 Vaughn Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:9)  05:20  
Taurasi Foul : Offensive Charge (4 PF)  05:03  
Taurasi Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  05:03  
  04:45 Vaughn Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:43 Vaughn Rebound (Off:5 Def:5) 
  04:42
[NYL 71-78]
Vaughn Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
  04:23 Vaughn Substitution replaced by Hollingsworth 
Bonner Substitution replaced by Sanford  04:23  
Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed  04:18  
Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  04:17  
Taylor Layup Shot: Made (25 PTS)  04:16
[PHO 80-71]
 
  04:02
[NYL 73-80]
Pierson Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Mitchell (3 AST) 
Sanford Layup Shot: Missed  03:46  
  03:43 Hollingsworth Rebound (Off:5 Def:2) 
Dupree Foul : Personal (2 PF)  03:37  
  03:37 Mitchell Substitution replaced by Carson 
Johnson Substitution replaced by Swanier  03:37  
  03:29 Carson Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Taurasi (1 ST) 
Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Pierson (1 ST)  03:27  
Dupree Foul : Personal (3 PF)  03:27  
  03:27
[NYL 74-80]
Pierson Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  03:27 Pierson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Sanford Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  03:26  
  03:12 Pierson Foul : Personal (5 PF) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (26 PTS)  03:12
[PHO 81-74]
 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (27 PTS)  03:12
[PHO 82-74]
 
  03:01 Powell 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:00 Team Rebound 
Taurasi Foul : Loose Ball (5 PF)  03:00  
  03:00
[NYL 75-82]
Carson Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  03:00 Carson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Swanier Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:59  
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Powell (6 ST)  02:41  
  02:37
[NYL 77-82]
Powell Driving Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
  02:33 Team Timeout : Regular 
Taylor Driving Jump shot: Made (29 PTS)  02:17
[PHO 84-77]
 
  01:58
[NYL 79-84]
Powell Pullup Jump shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  01:38  
  01:38 Hollingsworth Rebound (Off:5 Def:3) 
  01:31
[NYL 82-84]
Pondexter 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Powell (3 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:15  
Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)  01:03  
  00:51.7 Carson Foul : Offensive Charge (2 PF) 
  00:51.7 Carson Turnover : Foul (4 TO) 
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS)  00:38.9
[PHO 86-82]
 
  00:32.9 Pondexter Driving Jump shot: Missed 
Swanier Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:31.2  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Swanier (7 AST)  00:25.6
[PHO 89-82]
 
  00:15.8 Carson Turnover : Lost Ball (5 TO) Steal:Taurasi (2 ST) 
  00:11.0 Pondexter Foul : Personal Take (4 PF) 
Swanier Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  00:11.0
[PHO 90-82]
 
Swanier Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  00:11.0
[PHO 91-82]
 
  00:11.0 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:11.0 Hollingsworth Substitution replaced by Vaughn 
  00:07.8
[NYL 84-91]
Pierson Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
End of 4th Qtr
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19
15
5-5
11-6
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15
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FT% .737 .
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3-Point % .368 .
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FG% .446 .
FT% .694 .
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Rebounds 36.1 NaN
Assists 18.4 NaN
Steals 9.3 NaN
Blocks 5.3 NaN
3-Point % .261 .
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