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By JON KRAWCZYNSKI
Posted Sep 23 2011 2:04AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The points were expected to come in bunches in the Western Conference finals, which featured two of the top three offenses in the WNBA.

They did - for the Minnesota Lynx.

Seimone Augustus had 21 points and seven assists to lead the Lynx to a 95-67 victory over the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night.

Maya Moore scored 13 of her 15 points in the first quarter and Candice Wiggins added 14 off the bench for the top-seeded Lynx, who held the highest scoring team in the league 22 points below its regular season average.

``Phoenix is a very difficult team to guard,'' Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. ``And we made it look pretty easy.''

Diana Taurasi had 22 points and five rebounds for the Mercury, who were outrebounded 42-26 and shot just 35.7 percent from the field.

The Lynx opened the game with a 15-3 run and Phoenix never got closer than six points the rest of the way.

``Lose by one or lose by 30, it's a loss,'' Mercury coach Corey Gaines said. ``I learned that a long time ago. We'll get back home and regroup.''

A victory in Game 2 on Sunday in Phoenix would put Minnesota in the franchise's first WNBA finals.

Rebekkah Brunson had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Lynx, who had five players score in double figures.

Taurasi didn't have nearly as much help, with DeWanna Bonner scoring 11 and Marie Ferdinand-Harris finishing with 12. Candice Dupree, who led the team with 19 points per game in its first-round win over Seattle, finished with two points and two rebounds before fouling out with eight minutes to play.

``It probably looked easy, but it wasn't,'' Augustus said. ``We know when we go to Phoenix, Arizona, it's going to be a different story.''

These two high-flying teams have engaged in some epic shootouts over the last few years, but the Mercury left their offense in Phoenix.

With UConn coach Geno Auriemma doing the broadcast, Moore came out like gangbusters with three pull-up jumpers to get the Lynx off and running. She had 13 points in the first quarter, playing so well that Reeve left her in the game even with two early fouls.

The Mercury looked a little shell-shocked by the aggression. They made just 3 of 18 shots in the first quarter to fall behind by 17 points. Taurasi was 1 for 5 and Bonner, Dupree and Penny Taylor were nonexistent.

Gaines got a technical for arguing after Brunson knocked Taylor to the ground on a blocked shot and Moore scored the last five points of the quarter for a 28-11 lead.

The Mercury run the wide-open, Loyola Marymount offense, and have led the league in scoring six straight seasons. They chipped away with a 16-5 run in the second quarter to pull within eight.

Taurasi hit a 3-pointer and scored on a steal to make the score 47-41 early in the third, but the Lynx closed the period with a 20-8 surge to blow the game wide open.

Wiggins, filling in after Lindsay Whalen picked up her fourth foul, hit two 3s, the last one from well behind the right elbow and the Lynx led 74-55 to turn the fourth quarter into garbage time.

``I'm really happy we were able set the tone with our defense,'' Wiggins said. ``When you're dealing with a team like Phoenix and Diana and Penny Taylor, they're just so offensively gifted. When you're able to win with your defense, it feels good.''

These two teams have played some break-neck games over the past couple of years, including a 112-105 Phoenix win earlier this season that was the highest-scoring regular season game in league history. The Mercury also beat the Lynx 127-124 in double overtime last season, the highest-scoring game ithe league has ever seen.

Both teams needed the full three games to advance from the semifinals, with the Lynx beating San Antonio and the Mercury eliminating Seattle.

``Minnesota did a great job on defense taking away our easy buckets,'' Bonner said. ``I think we missed a couple open shots as well. We just couldn't get it going tonight, especially on our fast break, which is our bread and butter.

The Mercury were the only team to beat Minnesota twice during its dominant 27-7 regular season.

``We've just got to be prepared for wrath,'' Wiggins said of Game 2. ``They're going to be real upset.''

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Mercury
Lynx
     
    • 35.7%

    • 50.0%

    • 20.0%

    • 42.9%

    • 68.4%

    • 89.5%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
PHO MIN
Total Rebounds 13 8
Offensive Rebounds 7 11
Turnovers 14 16
Fast Break Pts: 17 10
Biggest Lead: 0 30
Points in the Paint: 32 44
PHO MIN
p Taurasi   22 Augustus   21
rb Bonner   8 Brunson   13
a Johnson   4 Augustus   7
s 3 players   2 2 players   2
b Bonner   3 2 players   2
 
  • 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 (19-15)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
P. Taylor F 27:51 3-9 0-3 0-0 -31 0 1 1 1 4 0 2 0 1 6
D. Bonner G-F 33:13 5-14 0-3 1-2 -13 2 6 8 3 1 0 2 3 2 11
C. Dupree F 25:53 1-6 0-0 0-0 -24 1 1 2 0 5 2 2 0 1 2
D. Taurasi G 25:10 7-15 2-6 6-7 -8 1 4 5 1 2 1 2 0 0 22
T. Johnson G 26:10 2-7 0-2 1-2 -20 1 3 4 4 1 1 2 0 1 5
N. Sanford   18:38 2-3 0-0 2-5 -15 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 2 0 6
K. Swanier   10:35 0-2 0-2 0-0 -8 0 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0
K. Thomas   05:24 0-2 0-0 0-0 -6 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Ferdinand-Harris   18:28 4-9 1-3 3-3 -6 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 12
A. Gray-Lawson   05:59 1-3 1-1 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3
S. Spencer   02:39 0-0 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Total   200 25-70 4-20 13-19   7 19 26 11 18 10 14 6 7 67
  35.7% 20.0% 68.4%   team rebs: 13 total to: 15
Minnesota Lynx (27-7)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Moore F 23:12 5-11 2-3 3-5 +11 2 5 7 1 3 2 3 1 0 15
R. Brunson F 31:25 6-10 0-0 1-1 +19 3 10 13 1 2 2 2 2 1 13
T. McWilliams-Franklin F-C 28:04 4-8 0-0 6-6 +26 2 1 3 4 2 0 2 0 0 14
S. Augustus G-F 29:48 8-14 0-2 5-5 +14 0 2 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 21
L. Whalen G 25:56 1-4 0-0 2-2 +19 0 3 3 4 4 1 3 0 2 4
C. Wiggins   27:34 5-8 4-7 0-0 +21 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 14
M. Wright   09:24 1-4 0-1 0-0 +13 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 2
J. Adair   07:29 2-5 0-0 0-0 +9 3 1 4 0 4 0 3 0 2 4
C. Houston   08:56 2-5 0-1 0-0 -4 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 4
A. Harris   04:06 1-2 0-0 0-0 +6 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
A. Hornbuckle   04:06 1-1 0-0 0-0 +6 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 2
Total   200 36-72 6-14 17-19   11 31 42 22 19 6 16 7 6 95
  50.0% 42.9% 89.5%   team rebs: 8 total to: 16

inactive

  • Mercury: --
  • Lynx: --

technical fouls

  • Mercury: Dupree, Gaines
  • Lynx: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 0
  • Times Tied: 1

arena stats

  • Arena: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Officials: #4 Sue Blauch, #38 Lamont Simpson, #45 Tom Mauer
  • Attendance: 8912
  • Duration: 2:01
Phoenix Mercury (19-16) Minnesota Lynx (28-7)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Brunson vs Bonner (Moore gains possession) 
  09:44
[MIN 2-0]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (1 AST) 
Taylor Jump Shot: Missed  09:27  
  09:26 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:19 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Johnson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:17  
Johnson Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:11
[PHO 2-2]
 
  08:58
[MIN 5-2]
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  08:51  
  08:50 Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:26 Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Dupree (1 ST) 
  08:20 Brunson Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  08:20  
Team Rebound  08:20  
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  08:20
[PHO 3-5]
 
  07:59
[MIN 7-3]
Moore Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  07:49  
  07:48 Team Rebound 
  07:30
[MIN 9-3]
Brunson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Taylor Jump Shot: Missed Block: Brunson (1 BLK)  07:11  
  07:09 Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:04 Moore Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:02 Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  06:50 Augustus Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:48  
Gaines Technical  06:46  
  06:46
[MIN 10-3]
Augustus Free Throw Technical (3 PTS) 
Bonner Layup Shot: Missed  06:30  
  06:28 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:19
[MIN 13-3]
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Whalen (1 AST) 
Taurasi Running Jump Shot: Missed  06:08  
  06:06 Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  06:00
[MIN 15-3]
Augustus Pullup Jump shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:58  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  05:43  
Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  05:41  
  05:39 Moore Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 3 (1 PTS)  05:39
[PHO 4-15]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 3 Missed  05:39  
Team Rebound  05:39  
Taurasi Free Throw 3 of 3 (2 PTS)  05:39
[PHO 5-15]
 
  05:25 Brunson Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:24 Team Rebound 
  05:13
[MIN 17-5]
McWilliams-Franklin Running Bank shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Augustus (1 AST) 
Taylor Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  05:02  
  04:45
[MIN 19-5]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Augustus (2 AST) 
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  04:37
[PHO 7-19]
 
  04:37 Moore Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Sanford  04:37  
  04:37 Whalen Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  04:37 Moore Substitution replaced by Wright 
  04:37 Brunson Substitution replaced by Adair 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS)  04:37
[PHO 8-19]
 
  04:20 Wright Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:19 Adair Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  04:18
[MIN 21-8]
Adair Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed  04:08  
Team Rebound  04:07  
  04:06 Adair Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF) 
Sanford Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Johnson (1 AST)  04:00
[PHO 10-21]
 
Dupree Foul : Personal (1 PF)  03:51  
Johnson Substitution replaced by Swanier  03:51  
  03:44 Adair Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Swanier (1 ST) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  03:34  
  03:33 Team Rebound 
Sanford Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF)  03:32  
  03:19
[MIN 23-10]
Augustus Running Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  03:11  
  03:10 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:59 Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed 
Swanier Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:58  
  02:45 Adair Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Taylor  02:45  
  02:45 Augustus Substitution replaced by Moore 
Sanford Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:45  
Team Rebound  02:45  
Sanford Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  02:45
[PHO 11-23]
 
  02:36 Wiggins Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Sanford (1 ST) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  02:15  
  02:14 Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:01
[MIN 25-11]
Moore Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Swanier Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  02:01  
  02:01 Wright Substitution replaced by Whalen 
  02:01 Adair Substitution replaced by Brunson 
  02:01
[MIN 26-11]
Moore Free Throw 1 of 1 (11 PTS) 
Taylor Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  01:52  
Taylor Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  01:52  
Swanier Foul : Shooting Block (2 PF)  01:39  
  01:39
[MIN 27-11]
Moore Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  01:39
[MIN 28-11]
Moore Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Sanford Jump Shot: Missed  01:12  
  01:11 Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:04 Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Dupree (2 ST) 
Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Missed  00:55.9  
  00:54.9 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:48.8 McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:47.6  
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  00:22.9  
  00:21.9 Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:01.9 Whalen Jump Shot: Missed Block: Sanford (1 BLK) 
Sanford Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:01.0  
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.6  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (19-16) Minnesota Lynx (28-7)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
Bonner Driving Bank shot: Made (3 PTS)  09:35
[PHO 13-28]
 
  09:23
[MIN 30-13]
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Augustus (3 AST) 
Johnson Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  09:09  
  09:07 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  08:50 Brunson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Bonner Substitution replaced by Taurasi  08:50  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  08:37  
Sanford Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:35  
  08:34 Whalen Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Sanford Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  08:34  
Team Rebound  08:34  
Sanford Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  08:34  
  08:33 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  08:17
[MIN 32-13]
Wiggins Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Sanford (1 AST)  08:00
[PHO 15-32]
 
Dupree Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  07:40  
Dupree Substitution replaced by Bonner  07:40  
  07:40 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Moore 
  07:40
[MIN 33-15]
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Sanford Substitution replaced by Thomas  07:40  
  07:40
[MIN 34-15]
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  07:28 Jump Ball McWilliams-Franklin vs Thomas 
  07:26 McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Adair 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  07:21  
  07:19 Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  07:11 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:10 Team Rebound 
  07:10 Adair Foul : Offensive (3 PF) 
  07:10 Adair Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
  07:10 Adair Substitution replaced by Houston 
Bonner Layup Shot: Missed Block: Houston (1 BLK)  06:56  
Team Rebound  06:55  
Thomas Layup Shot: Missed  06:53  
  06:52 Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:37 Whalen Jump Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:34  
Taurasi Running Jump Shot: Missed  06:27  
Team Rebound  06:22  
Taylor Substitution replaced by Ferdinand-Harris  06:22  
Thomas Substitution replaced by Dupree  06:22  
  06:22 Whalen Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  06:16
[PHO 17-34]
 
  06:07 Wiggins Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Ferdinand-Harris (1 ST) 
Ferdinand-Harris Layup Shot: Missed  06:02  
Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:01  
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  05:59
[PHO 19-34]
 
  05:40 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:38  
  05:28 Wiggins Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  05:28  
Johnson Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  05:28
[PHO 20-34]
 
Johnson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:28  
  05:27 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  05:12 Houston Layup Shot: Missed Block: Ferdinand-Harris (1 BLK) 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:11  
Ferdinand-Harris Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST)  05:07
[PHO 22-34]
 
  04:42
[MIN 37-22]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Houston (1 AST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Johnson (2 AST)  04:34
[PHO 25-37]
 
  04:20 Moore Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Ferdinand-Harris (2 ST) 
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Ferdinand-Harris (1 AST)  04:14
[PHO 27-37]
 
  04:13 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:13 Houston Substitution replaced by McWilliams-Franklin 
  04:13 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Whalen 
  03:51
[MIN 39-27]
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Augustus (4 AST) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  03:38  
  03:37 Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  03:29 Whalen Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  03:29 Whalen Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Johnson Substitution replaced by Taylor  03:29  
Taylor Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:13
[PHO 29-39]
 
  02:56 McWilliams-Franklin Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  02:55  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS)  02:48
[PHO 31-39]
 
Taylor Foul : Personal (2 PF)  02:42  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Johnson  02:42  
  02:42 Moore Substitution replaced by Wright 
  02:34
[MIN 41-31]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Ferdinand-Harris 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST)  02:15
[PHO 34-41]
 
  01:56 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:55 Team Rebound 
  01:55 Brunson Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  01:55 Brunson Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed Block: Brunson (2 BLK)  01:40  
  01:39 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
  01:36
[MIN 43-34]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Brunson (1 AST) 
Dupree Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  01:26  
Bonner Substitution replaced by Sanford  01:26  
  01:12
[MIN 45-34]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Taylor Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (4 PTS)  00:54.7
[PHO 36-45]
 
  00:44.9 Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed 
Johnson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:42.8  
Johnson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Wright (1 BLK)  00:32.9  
  00:30.9 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:8) 
  00:25.9 Wright Layup Shot: Missed 
Sanford Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:24.9  
Johnson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Brunson (1 ST)  00:06.9  
  00:00.4
[MIN 47-36]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Whalen (2 AST) 
End of 2nd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (19-16) Minnesota Lynx (28-7)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST)  09:47
[PHO 39-47]
 
  09:20 Brunson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Bonner (1 BLK) 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  09:19  
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS)  09:16
[PHO 41-47]
 
  08:54 McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Missed 
  08:53 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
Dupree Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  08:53  
  08:53
[MIN 48-41]
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  08:53
[MIN 49-41]
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Taylor Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Johnson (3 AST)  08:40
[PHO 43-49]
 
  08:32 Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Johnson (1 ST) 
  08:28 Whalen Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  08:28 Moore Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
Dupree Layup Shot: Missed  08:17  
  08:15 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:06
[MIN 51-43]
Brunson Reverse Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (2 AST) 
Taurasi Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  08:06  
  08:06
[MIN 52-43]
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS) 
Taurasi Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  07:54  
Taurasi Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  07:54  
  07:35 Brunson Layup Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  07:34  
Team 5 Sec Inbound Turnover :   07:29  
Dupree Foul : Personal (4 PF)  07:19  
Dupree Substitution replaced by Sanford  07:19  
  07:14
[MIN 54-43]
Augustus Floating Jump shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Whalen (3 AST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  07:04  
Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  07:02  
Johnson Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  06:54
[PHO 45-54]
 
  06:29 Whalen Layup Shot: Missed Block: Sanford (2 BLK) 
  06:28 Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  06:26 Brunson Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  06:23  
  06:23 Jump Ball McWilliams-Franklin vs Bonner (Taurasi gains possession) 
Taurasi Running Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS)  06:06
[PHO 47-54]
 
  05:50
[MIN 56-47]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (3 AST) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  05:38  
  05:37 Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:9) 
Taylor Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  05:27  
Taylor Substitution replaced by Ferdinand-Harris  05:27  
  05:27
[MIN 57-47]
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (18 PTS) 
Johnson Substitution replaced by Swanier  05:27  
  05:27
[MIN 58-47]
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (19 PTS) 
  05:13 Whalen Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
  05:13 Whalen Substitution replaced by Moore 
Team Timeout : Short  05:13  
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  05:00  
  04:59 Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:46 McWilliams-Franklin Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Swanier (2 ST) 
Ferdinand-Harris Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Bonner (2 AST)  04:42
[PHO 49-58]
 
  04:42 McWilliams-Franklin Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  04:42  
Swanier Substitution replaced by Taylor  04:42  
Ferdinand-Harris Free Throw 1 of 1 (8 PTS)  04:42
[PHO 50-58]
 
Ferdinand-Harris Foul : Personal (1 PF)  04:22  
  04:22
[MIN 59-50]
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  04:22
[MIN 60-50]
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Sanford Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  04:13  
Sanford Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  04:13  
  03:55
[MIN 63-50]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (4 AST) 
Sanford Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Bonner (3 AST)  03:41
[PHO 52-63]
 
  03:41 McWilliams-Franklin Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Sanford Free Throw 1 of 1 (6 PTS)  03:41
[PHO 53-63]
 
  03:21 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:20  
Ferdinand-Harris Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Moore (1 ST)  03:13  
  02:56 McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  02:55  
Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  02:48  
Bonner Substitution replaced by Dupree  02:48  
  02:34 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:33 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  02:31
[MIN 65-53]
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Taurasi Running Jump Shot: Missed  02:18  
  02:14 Team Rebound 
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Johnson  02:14  
  02:14 Jump Ball McWilliams-Franklin vs Dupree (Augustus gains possession) 
  02:05
[MIN 67-53]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Augustus (5 AST) 
Dupree Alley Oop Layup shot: Missed  01:51  
  01:48 McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  01:37 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:36 Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:9) 
  01:22
[MIN 70-53]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Augustus (6 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:16  
Sanford Substitution replaced by Bonner  01:16  
  01:16 McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Adair 
Johnson Running Jump Shot: Missed  00:56.9  
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  00:54.9  
Ferdinand-Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  00:51.8  
Johnson Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:50.9  
Ferdinand-Harris Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Brunson (2 ST)  00:46.9  
Taylor Foul : Personal (4 PF)  00:34.0  
  00:34.0
[MIN 71-53]
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (20 PTS) 
  00:34.0
[MIN 72-53]
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (21 PTS) 
Bonner Reverse Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Johnson (4 AST)  00:17.4
[PHO 55-72]
 
  00:01.7
[MIN 74-55]
Adair Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Augustus (7 AST) 
Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.5  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 3rd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (19-16) Minnesota Lynx (28-7)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
  09:42 Adair Jump Shot: Missed Block: Bonner (2 BLK) 
Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  09:40  
Bonner Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Moore (2 ST)  09:39  
  09:38
[MIN 76-55]
Moore Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Bonner Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  09:38  
  09:38 Moore Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
  09:37 Adair Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  09:34 Adair Layup Shot: Missed 
  09:33 Moore Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  09:33 Moore Tip Shot: Missed 
Johnson Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  09:32  
Dupree Layup Shot: Missed Block: Moore (1 BLK)  09:19  
  09:18 Moore Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  09:12
[MIN 78-55]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Moore (1 AST) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  09:02  
  09:01 Adair Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
Dupree Technical  09:00  
  09:00 Moore Free Throw Technical Missed 
  09:00 Team Rebound 
  08:43 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:42 Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:9) 
Johnson Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  08:30  
  08:30
[MIN 79-55]
Whalen Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  08:30
[MIN 80-55]
Whalen Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Dupree Foul : Offensive (5 PF)  08:18  
Dupree Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  08:18  
Team Violation : Delay Of Game  08:18  
Dupree Substitution replaced by Sanford  08:18  
  08:00 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:57 Adair Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  07:55 Adair Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  07:41  
  07:40 Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:10) 
  07:33 Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Taurasi (1 ST) 
  07:31 Moore Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  07:21 Adair Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 3 (20 PTS)  07:21
[PHO 56-80]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 3 (21 PTS)  07:21
[PHO 57-80]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 3 of 3 (22 PTS)  07:21
[PHO 58-80]
 
  07:04 Adair Layup Shot: Missed Block: Bonner (3 BLK) 
Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  07:02  
Johnson Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Whalen (1 ST)  06:47  
  06:40 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  06:39  
Taylor Substitution replaced by Ferdinand-Harris  06:39  
  06:39 Adair Substitution replaced by McWilliams-Franklin 
  06:39 Moore Substitution replaced by Augustus 
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS)  06:26
[PHO 60-80]
 
  06:09
[MIN 83-60]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Whalen (4 AST) 
Taurasi Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO)  05:59  
  05:59 Team Timeout : Regular 
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Swanier  05:59  
Johnson Substitution replaced by Gray-Lawson  05:59  
  05:59 Brunson Substitution replaced by Houston 
  05:42 McWilliams-Franklin Turnover : Traveling (2 TO) 
Ferdinand-Harris Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  05:30
[PHO 62-83]
 
  05:23
[MIN 85-62]
Houston Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (1 AST) 
Gray-Lawson 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS)  05:13
[PHO 65-85]
 
  04:46 Houston 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  04:45  
Swanier 3pt Shot: Missed  04:36  
  04:35 Houston Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:19
[MIN 87-65]
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Bank Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
  04:06 Houston Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  04:06 McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Harris 
  04:06 Augustus Substitution replaced by Wright 
  04:06 Whalen Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle 
Sanford Substitution replaced by Thomas  04:06  
Ferdinand-Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  03:59  
Thomas Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  03:58  
Thomas Layup Shot: Missed  03:54  
  03:53 Harris Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:34
[MIN 89-65]
Hornbuckle Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Swanier 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Hornbuckle (1 BLK)  03:12  
  03:10 Harris Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:01 Houston Jump Shot: Missed 
Swanier Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:00  
Gray-Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Harris (1 ST)  02:47  
  02:41 Wright 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:39 Team Rebound 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:39  
Bonner Substitution replaced by Spencer  02:39  
  02:27 Harris Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:25 Wright Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:11
[MIN 91-65]
Harris Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Hornbuckle (1 AST) 
Ferdinand-Harris Jump Shot: Missed  01:55  
  01:54 Harris Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:47
[MIN 93-65]
Houston Jump Bank Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Hornbuckle (2 AST) 
Gray-Lawson Jump Shot: Missed  01:31  
  01:29 Houston Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  01:17
[MIN 95-65]
Wright Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Hornbuckle (3 AST) 
Gray-Lawson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Hornbuckle (2 BLK)  01:03  
Team Rebound  01:02  
Ferdinand-Harris Jump Shot: Missed  00:51.9  
  00:49.9 Wright Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:31.9 Wright Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Spencer (1 ST) 
  00:28.4 Wright Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  00:20.0 Houston Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Ferdinand-Harris Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  00:20.0
[PHO 66-95]
 
Ferdinand-Harris Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  00:20.0
[PHO 67-95]
 
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- ESPN 2 National 9:00 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 .521
FT% .737 .791
Points 81.5 99.0
Rebounds 36.5 39.5
Assists 18.1 21.5
Steals 7.3 6.0
Blocks 3.6 4.5
3-Point % .368 .500
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Mercury Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .461 .397
FT% .851 .788
Points 89.0 76.5
Rebounds 35.1 31.5
Assists 19.2 15.0
Steals 6.6 6.0
Blocks 3.9 3.5
3-Point % .373 .275
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 2
Minnesota Lynx (2-0)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Adair, Jessica 20:38 6-10 0-0 2-6 5 3 8 0 5 2 4 0 2 14
Augustus, Seimone 61:42 14-30 0-3 9-10 0 5 5 8 1 3 1 1 0 37
Brunson, Rebekkah 57:12 11-18 0-0 3-3 6 16 22 3 6 2 2 2 1 25
Harris, Amber 4:06 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Hornbuckle, Alexis 4:06 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 2
Houston, Charde 8:56 2-5 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 4
McWilliams-Franklin, Taj 66:09 12-22 0-0 11-12 6 3 9 11 5 0 3 1 0 35
Moore, Maya 59:00 12-21 8-11 4-6 5 9 14 6 5 3 3 1 1 36
Whalen, Lindsay 60:37 9-19 1-2 3-4 0 10 10 8 7 1 5 0 2 22
Wiggins, Candice 43:18 6-11 5-10 2-2 0 3 3 3 1 0 2 0 0 19
Wright, Monica 14:16 1-5 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 1 0 2
Phoenix Mercury (0-2)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Bonner, DeWanna 67:56 12-30 2-10 7-8 6 12 18 4 4 1 4 3 3 33
Dupree, Candice 60:23 9-18 0-0 2-2 5 8 13 1 6 2 3 1 1 20
Ferdinand-Harris, Marie 26:26 6-12 1-3 3-3 0 0 0 2 3 2 2 1 0 16
Gray-Lawson, Alexis 5:59 1-3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3
Johnson, Temeka 53:47 4-18 1-6 2-4 1 6 7 10 3 1 2 0 1 11
Sanford, Nakia 35:32 4-8 0-0 2-5 5 3 8 1 4 1 2 2 1 10
Spencer, Sidney 2:39 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Swanier, Ketia 21:36 1-4 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 2 0 0 1 2
Taurasi, Diana 60:30 15-33 4-12 10-11 1 7 8 6 7 1 6 0 0 44
Taylor, Penny 59:48 6-18 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 5 9 1 3 0 1 14
Thomas, Krystal 5:24 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0