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PHOENIX (AP) After helping the Minnesota Lynx reach the WNBA finals for the first time in franchise history, Taj McWilliams-Franklin came up with an analogy to describe the feeling.

The 41-year-old center had a season-high 21 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the Lynx's 103-86 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday that completed a two-game sweep in the Western Conference finals.

``It's like you sit down to a great dinner and you eat your dinner,'' McWilliams-Franklin said. ``You feel great but you still want that dessert, and you want it to be the best dessert ever and that's how I feel. I'm satisfied because I am full from that main meal but I'm waiting on that fabulous dessert. The finals is going to be that dessert for me.''

Maya Moore had 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Minnesota, which needed three games to eliminate San Antonio in the first round before eliminating the Mercury.

The Lynx await the winner of the Indiana-Atlanta series that will be decided on Tuesday night. The WNBA finals begin Oct. 2 in Minneapolis, which had the league's best record in the regular season.

``I think for Taj she's just so smart,'' Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. ``She plays the angles and knows exactly what's happening. There isn't anything she hasn't seen after all these years.''

Reeve, then an assistant, and McWilliams-Franklin were together in Detroit when the Shock won the last of their three championships in 2008.

Diana Taurasi had 22 points for the Mercury, who were swept in the West finals by eventual champion Seattle a year ago. Phoenix was routed by Minnesota in the first game but had a lead well into the third quarter on Sunday.

``We tried to switch things up, but they always had a pretty good counter for it,'' Taurasi said. ``They were well-prepared.''

The Mercury tried to run but didn't quite get in gear, according to coach Corey Gaines.

``We tried to up the tempo,'' he said. ``We just missed a little pop. I don't know if we were run down. I don't want to take anything away from them. They ran with us, they played half court with us.''

Gaines later added, ``They probably will win it. Not putting other teams down but they are tough and have a lot of scorers in every direction.''

The Lynx led by just three in the first minute of the fourth quarter but Candice Wiggins hit a pair a free throws and Moore made a 3-pointer, sparking a 15-5 run and Phoenix did not get closer the rest of the way. The Mercury missed eight of their next 11 shots and the Lynx opened up a tight game.

``We had a great sense of urgency,'' Moore said. ``I think that there were a few moments there where we needed to pick it up and we kind of lost our edge because Phoenix had their backs against the wall.''

DeWanna Bonner had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Candice Dupree had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Mercury.

Lindsay Whalen had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Seimone Augustus added 16 points for Minnesota, which had been in the postseason twice before - losing in the first round in 2003 and 2004.

Phoenix was in the conference finals for the third straight year and fourth in five years. The Mercury won the WNBA title in 2007 and 2009.

Minnesota had won three of five meetings with Phoenix during the regular season.

The Lynx used a 15-4 run in the first quarter to take a 24-20 lead but Phoenix started the second period on a 9-1 run to regain the lead.

Taurasi had 12 points while Bonner had 10 points and six rebounds to lead the Mercury to a 45-43 lead at the break.

McWilliams-Franklin and Whalen each had 11 points for the Lynx, who made 19 of 37 shots from the field in the first half but just 4 of 9 free throws.

The Lynx opened up a seven-point lead in the third before Taurasi converted a three-point play in the final seconds of the quarter and then hit a leaner 18 seconds into the final period to cut the Lynx lead to 70-67.


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Lynx
Mercury
     
    • 54.2%

    • 43.4%

    • 57.1%

    • 35.0%

    • 70.8%

    • 92.9%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
MIN PHO
Total Rebounds 6 4
Offensive Rebounds 12 13
Turnovers 6 9
Fast Break Pts: 16 11
Biggest Lead: 17 6
Points in the Paint: 44 38
MIN PHO
p 2 players   21 2 players   22
rb Brunson   9 Dupree   11
a McWilliams-Franklin   7 Johnson   6
s Augustus   3 2 players   1
b 2 players   1 Dupree   1
 
  • 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
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 35:48 7-10 6-8 1-1 +17 3 4 7 5 2 1 0 0 1 21
R. Brunson F 25:47 5-8 0-0 2-2 +13 3 6 9 2 4 0 0 0 0 12
T. McWilliams-Franklin F-C 38:05 8-14 0-0 5-6 +19 4 2 6 7 3 0 1 1 0 21
S. Augustus G-F 31:54 6-16 0-1 4-5 +11 0 3 3 1 1 3 1 1 0 16
L. Whalen G 34:41 8-15 1-2 1-2 +13 0 7 7 4 3 0 2 0 0 18
J. Adair   13:09 4-5 0-0 2-6 +2 2 2 4 0 1 2 1 0 0 10
C. Wiggins   15:44 1-3 1-3 2-2 +12 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5
M. Wright   04:52 0-1 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
A. Harris DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Hornbuckle DNP - Coach's Decision
C. Houston DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 39-72 8-14 17-24   12 25 37 21 15 6 6 2 1 103
  54.2% 57.1% 70.8%   team rebs: 6 total to: 7
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 31:57 3-9 2-2 0-0 -11 1 3 4 4 5 1 1 0 0 8
D. Bonner G-F 34:43 7-16 2-7 6-6 -10 4 6 10 1 3 1 2 0 1 22
C. Dupree F 34:30 8-12 0-0 2-2 -12 4 7 11 1 1 0 1 1 0 18
D. Taurasi G 35:20 8-18 2-6 4-4 -12 0 3 3 5 5 0 4 0 0 22
T. Johnson G 27:37 2-11 1-4 1-2 -4 0 3 3 6 2 0 0 0 0 6
M. Ferdinand-Harris   07:58 2-3 0-0 0-0 -10 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4
N. Sanford   16:54 2-5 0-0 0-0 -12 4 1 5 0 2 0 1 0 1 4
K. Swanier   11:01 1-2 0-1 0-0 -14 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
A. Gray-Lawson DNP - Coach's Decision
S. Spencer DNP - Coach's Decision
K. Thomas DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 33-76 7-20 13-14   13 24 37 19 20 2 9 1 2 86
  43.4% 35.0% 92.9%   team rebs: 4 total to: 10

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  • Lynx: --
  • Mercury: --

technical fouls

  • Lynx: --
  • Mercury: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 16
  • Times Tied: 7

arena stats

  • Arena: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Officials: #39 Michael Price, #8 Daryl Humphrey, #9 Denise Brooks
  • Attendance: 8617
  • Duration: 1:55
Minnesota Lynx (28-7) Phoenix Mercury (19-16)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Bonner vs Brunson 
Whalen Foul : Personal (1 PF)  09:52  
  09:47 Johnson Running Bank shot: Missed 
McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:42  
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:39
[MIN 2-0]
 
  09:27
[PHO 2-2]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST) 
McWilliams-Franklin Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Brunson (1 AST)  09:04
[MIN 4-2]
 
  08:47 Taylor Jump Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:45  
Augustus Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST)  08:36  
  08:33 Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  08:19  
  08:18 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:07
[PHO 4-4]
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Johnson (1 AST) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  07:51  
  07:49 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:38 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:36 Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  07:34
[PHO 6-4]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  07:17  
  07:16 Johnson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:10
[PHO 8-4]
Taylor Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Dupree (1 AST) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (1 AST)  06:52
[MIN 7-8]
 
  06:41 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:39  
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:28
[MIN 9-8]
 
  06:09 Taylor Layup Shot: Missed 
  06:09 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  06:03 Johnson Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:03 Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  06:03 Taylor Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:01  
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  05:58  
  05:55 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  05:47 Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:46  
  05:38 Taurasi Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  05:38 Taylor Substitution replaced by Ferdinand-Harris 
  05:38 Bonner Substitution replaced by Sanford 
  05:32 Ferdinand-Harris Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed  05:25  
  05:22 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  05:15 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:13 Sanford Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  05:12
[PHO 10-9]
Sanford Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Moore (1 AST)  05:04
[MIN 11-10]
 
  04:50
[PHO 12-11]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Johnson (2 AST) 
Whalen Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  04:30
[MIN 13-12]
 
  04:20 Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Augustus (1 ST) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  04:14
[MIN 15-12]
 
  03:57 Dupree Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:55  
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Moore (2 AST)  03:50
[MIN 17-12]
 
  03:41 Team Timeout : Regular 
  03:41 Dupree Substitution replaced by Swanier 
  03:41 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Taylor 
  03:41 Johnson Substitution replaced by Bonner 
Moore Substitution replaced by Adair  03:41  
McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Wiggins  03:41  
Whalen Substitution replaced by Wright  03:41  
  03:22 Bonner Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed Block: Augustus (1 BLK) 
  03:22 Team Rebound 
  03:22 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Adair Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Brunson (2 AST)  03:08
[MIN 19-12]
 
  03:08 Sanford Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Adair Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  03:08  
  03:08 Team Rebound 
Brunson Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF)  03:08  
  02:57
[PHO 14-19]
Ferdinand-Harris Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Swanier (1 AST) 
Adair Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Augustus (1 AST)  02:33
[MIN 21-14]
 
  02:22
[PHO 16-21]
Sanford Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Ferdinand-Harris (1 AST) 
Wright Jump Shot: Missed  02:01  
  01:59 Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Wright Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  01:57  
  01:57
[PHO 17-21]
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Augustus Substitution replaced by Whalen  01:57  
  01:57
[PHO 18-21]
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Adair Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  01:47  
Team Timeout : Regular  01:47  
  01:47 Ferdinand-Harris Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
Brunson Substitution replaced by McWilliams-Franklin  01:47  
Wright Substitution replaced by Moore  01:47  
  01:34 Taylor Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed 
  01:33 Sanford Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  01:30 Sanford Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:30 Team Rebound 
  01:26 Bonner Layup Shot: Missed 
  01:25 Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
Moore Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  01:25  
  01:25
[PHO 19-21]
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  01:25
[PHO 20-21]
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed  01:12  
Adair Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  01:11  
  01:11 Taylor Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Adair Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  01:11
[MIN 22-20]
 
Adair Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:11  
Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  01:10  
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed  00:58.9  
  00:56.9 Swanier Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:47.9 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:45.9  
McWilliams-Franklin Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)  00:24.4
[MIN 24-20]
 
  00:03.9 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:01.6  
Whalen 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.1  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (28-7) Phoenix Mercury (19-16)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
McWilliams-Franklin Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  09:47  
McWilliams-Franklin Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  09:47  
  09:37
[PHO 23-24]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Taylor (2 AST) 
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Missed  09:19  
  09:16 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  09:12
[PHO 25-24]
Johnson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  08:57  
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:55  
  08:43 Johnson Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Whalen Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  08:43
[MIN 25-25]
 
Whalen Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  08:43  
McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:42  
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  08:32  
  08:30 Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  08:14
[PHO 27-25]
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST) 
Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  07:57  
Moore Foul : Personal (2 PF)  07:36  
Brunson Foul : Personal (2 PF)  07:33  
  07:26 Bonner Foul : Offensive Charge (1 PF) 
  07:26 Bonner Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  07:09  
  07:07 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:01 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:59 Dupree Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
Brunson Foul : Personal (3 PF)  06:59  
Brunson Substitution replaced by Adair  06:59  
  06:48 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:47 Dupree Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  06:45
[PHO 29-25]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:38  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  06:23  
Moore Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  06:21  
Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  06:19  
  06:01 Johnson Jump Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  05:59  
Whalen Running Bank shot: Made (7 PTS)  05:54
[MIN 27-29]
 
  05:45 Taurasi Layup Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:43  
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed  05:33  
  05:31 Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  05:22 Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed 
McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:21  
  05:02 Taylor Substitution replaced by Sanford 
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Dupree (1 BLK)  04:59  
McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  04:57  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  04:55  
  04:44
[PHO 31-27]
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Adair Layup Shot: Missed  04:24  
Adair Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  04:23  
  04:23 Sanford Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Adair Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:23  
Team Rebound  04:23  
Adair Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  04:23
[MIN 28-31]
 
  04:12 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Adair (1 ST) 
Augustus Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Whalen (1 AST)  04:07
[MIN 30-31]
 
  03:53 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  03:51  
McWilliams-Franklin Reverse Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Whalen (2 AST)  03:42
[MIN 32-31]
 
  03:31
[PHO 33-32]
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Adair Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  03:07
[MIN 34-33]
 
  02:58
[PHO 35-34]
Taurasi Running Bank shot: Made (9 PTS) 
McWilliams-Franklin Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  02:58  
  02:58  
  02:58 Johnson Substitution replaced by Swanier 
  02:58 Sanford Substitution replaced by Taylor 
Augustus Substitution replaced by Wiggins  02:58  
Adair Substitution replaced by Wright  02:58  
  02:58
[PHO 36-34]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 (10 PTS) 
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Bank Shot: Made (10 PTS)  02:42
[MIN 36-36]
 
  02:23
[PHO 38-36]
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Wright Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Taylor (1 ST)  02:14  
  02:06 Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  02:04  
Moore Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Whalen (3 AST)  01:59
[MIN 38-38]
 
  01:50
[PHO 41-38]
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST) 
  01:28 Taylor Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  01:28
[MIN 39-41]
 
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:28  
  01:27 Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  01:19
[PHO 43-39]
Swanier Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  00:55.9  
  00:53.8 Dupree Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  00:46.5
[PHO 45-39]
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Whalen Step Back Jump shot: Made (9 PTS)  00:33.0
[MIN 41-45]
 
  00:22.9 Swanier 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:22.1  
Whalen Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS)  00:00.1
[MIN 43-45]
 
End of 2nd Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (28-7) Phoenix Mercury (19-16)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  09:45  
Team Rebound  09:44  
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Whalen (4 AST)  09:34
[MIN 45-45]
 
  09:14
[PHO 48-45]
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Johnson (3 AST) 
Augustus Running Jump Shot: Missed  08:54  
  08:53 Dupree Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
  08:37 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:35 Dupree Rebound (Off:4 Def:5) 
  08:24 Johnson Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:22 Bonner Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  08:12
[PHO 51-45]
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Johnson (4 AST) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (2 AST)  07:49
[MIN 48-51]
 
  07:38 Taylor Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  07:35  
McWilliams-Franklin Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  07:26  
  07:23 Bonner Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
  07:09 Johnson Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  07:05  
Brunson Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Moore (3 AST)  06:49
[MIN 50-51]
 
  06:25
[PHO 53-50]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Taylor (3 AST) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (3 AST)  05:59
[MIN 52-53]
 
Whalen Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:53  
  05:53 Taylor Substitution replaced by Ferdinand-Harris 
  05:53 Johnson Substitution replaced by Swanier 
Moore Substitution replaced by Wiggins  05:53  
  05:53
[PHO 54-52]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  05:53
[PHO 55-52]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS)  05:37
[MIN 54-55]
 
  05:21 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Augustus (2 ST) 
McWilliams-Franklin Turnaround Bank shot: Made (15 PTS)  05:05
[MIN 56-55]
 
  04:59  
  04:50
[PHO 57-56]
Ferdinand-Harris Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST) 
  04:29 Dupree Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  04:29
[MIN 57-57]
 
Brunson Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  04:29
[MIN 58-57]
 
  04:17 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  04:15  
Whalen Jump Bank Shot: Missed  04:01  
  03:59 Bonner Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 
  03:54
[PHO 59-58]
Bonner Pullup Jump shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Whalen Substitution replaced by Moore  03:35  
  03:35 Dupree Substitution replaced by Sanford 
  03:35 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Taylor 
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (1 AST)  03:33
[MIN 60-59]
 
  03:14 Ferdinand-Harris Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:12 Sanford Rebound (Off:3 Def:0) 
  03:10 Sanford Layup Shot: Missed Block: McWilliams-Franklin (1 BLK) 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:08  
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  03:04
[MIN 62-59]
 
  03:04 Ferdinand-Harris Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  03:04  
Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  03:03  
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  02:45  
Moore Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  02:44  
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Moore (4 AST)  02:41
[MIN 65-59]
 
  02:22 Sanford Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  02:22  
  02:22 Bonner Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
  02:22 Swanier Substitution replaced by Johnson 
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed  02:09  
  02:07 Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  02:02 Taylor Layup Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:00  
Augustus Running Bank shot: Missed  01:53  
  01:51 Johnson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
McWilliams-Franklin Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  01:46  
Brunson Substitution replaced by Adair  01:46  
  01:46
[PHO 60-65]
Johnson Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  01:46 Ferdinand-Harris Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
  01:46 Bonner Substitution replaced by Dupree 
  01:46 Johnson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Adair Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  01:46  
Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed  01:21  
  01:19 Johnson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:12 Dupree Layup Shot: Missed 
Adair Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  01:09  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  01:04  
McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  01:02  
  01:02 Taurasi Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS)  01:02
[MIN 66-60]
 
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS)  01:02
[MIN 67-60]
 
  00:47.2
[PHO 62-67]
Dupree Hook Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
  00:25.7 Jump Ball Taylor vs Adair (Moore gains possession) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS)  00:22.6
[MIN 70-62]
 
  00:03.7
[PHO 64-70]
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Adair Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  00:03.7  
  00:03.7
[PHO 65-70]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 (17 PTS) 
End of 3rd Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (28-7) Phoenix Mercury (19-16)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
  09:42
[PHO 67-70]
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Johnson (5 AST) 
  09:20 Taylor Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  09:20
[MIN 71-67]
 
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  09:20
[MIN 72-67]
 
  09:06 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:04 Sanford Rebound (Off:4 Def:0) 
  08:58 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Adair (2 ST) 
  08:58 Jump Ball Sanford vs McWilliams-Franklin (Moore gains possession) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (2 AST)  08:37
[MIN 75-67]
 
  08:26 Sanford Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
  08:26 Sanford Substitution replaced by Bonner 
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed  08:11  
  08:09 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:03 Taylor Substitution replaced by Sanford 
  07:56 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:55 Team Rebound 
  07:55 Jump Ball Bonner vs Adair (Sanford gains possession) 
  07:39 Bonner Running Bank shot: Missed 
Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:36  
Moore Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  07:23  
  07:20 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  07:06 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  07:04  
Adair Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (4 AST)  06:49
[MIN 77-67]
 
  06:49 Taurasi Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Augustus  06:49  
Adair Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  06:49  
  06:48 Sanford Rebound (Off:4 Def:1) 
  06:48 Team Timeout : Regular 
Wiggins Substitution replaced by McWilliams-Franklin  06:48  
Augustus Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  06:37  
  06:37
[PHO 68-77]
Dupree Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  06:37
[PHO 69-77]
Dupree Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  06:19 Taurasi Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Adair Substitution replaced by Brunson  06:19  
  06:19 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Taylor 
  06:09 Foul : Double Personal - Taylor (4 PF), Brunson (4 PF) 
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Moore (5 AST)  06:09
[MIN 79-69]
 
  05:57
[PHO 72-79]
Johnson 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taylor (4 AST) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS)  05:32
[MIN 81-72]
 
  05:22 Johnson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  05:22  
  05:22 Johnson Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  05:03
[MIN 83-72]
 
  04:54 Taurasi Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Augustus (3 ST) 
Augustus Hook Shot: Made (12 PTS)  04:49
[MIN 85-72]
 
Whalen Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  04:37  
  04:37
[PHO 73-85]
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (19 PTS) 
  04:37
[PHO 74-85]
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (20 PTS) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  04:13  
  04:11 Dupree Rebound (Off:4 Def:6) 
  04:02
[PHO 77-85]
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  04:00  
  04:00 Sanford Substitution replaced by Swanier 
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (5 AST)  03:48
[MIN 88-77]
 
  03:48 Taylor Foul : Shooting (5 PF) 
Moore Free Throw 1 of 1 (18 PTS)  03:48
[MIN 89-77]
 
  03:35 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:32 Bonner Rebound (Off:4 Def:6) 
  03:32 Bonner Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  03:30  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  03:10  
McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:4 Def:2)  03:09  
  03:09 Bonner Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  03:09 Swanier Substitution replaced by Johnson 
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 1 of 2 (20 PTS)  03:09
[MIN 90-77]
 
McWilliams-Franklin Free Throw 2 of 2 (21 PTS)  03:09
[MIN 91-77]
 
  03:00 Taylor Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Moore (1 ST) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  02:40  
Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  02:38  
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  02:38
[MIN 93-77]
 
  02:25
[PHO 79-93]
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (4 AST) 
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed  02:04  
  02:03 Dupree Rebound (Off:4 Def:7) 
  01:53 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  01:51  
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (6 AST)  01:33
[MIN 96-79]
 
  01:25
[PHO 82-96]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (22 PTS) 
  01:02 Johnson Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  01:02
[MIN 97-82]
 
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  01:02
[MIN 98-82]
 
  00:54.3
[PHO 84-98]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Johnson (6 AST) 
Whalen 3pt Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: McWilliams-Franklin (7 AST)  00:35.6
[MIN 101-84]
 
  00:26.5
[PHO 86-101]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (5 AST) 
  00:22.3 Taurasi Foul : Personal Take (5 PF) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS)  00:22.3
[MIN 102-86]
 
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS)  00:22.3
[MIN 103-86]
 
  00:16.9 Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  00:14.9  
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- ESPN 2 National 5:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
MIN
1st West
27
7
9-1
14-3
13-4
PHO
3rd West
19
15
5-5
11-6
8-9
 
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