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By DOUG FEINBERG
Posted Sep 11 2013 12:17AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) With a talented team returning and Brittney Griner joining the mix, the Phoenix Mercury had lofty expectations coming into the season.

Not everything has gone according to plan. But now with the playoffs in sight, Phoenix is starting to look more like a championship contender.

Candice Dupree and DeWanna Bonner each scored 18 points to help the Mercury beat the New York Liberty 80-76 on Tuesday night.

Diana Taurasi added 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Phoenix (18-13).

``We starting to get healthy and play better, but it's not like there's a switch we can just turn on and off,'' Taurasi said.

Phoenix has won four straight games and has been buoyed by the return of Penny Taylor, who sat out 13 games while recovering from a right knee injury. With the Mercury struggling in the third quarter, Taylor scored 10 straight points to rally them.

``I'm just trying to work some of the rust off,'' Taylor said. ``I'm getting better day by day and will keep working at it.''

A healthy Taylor will help the Mercury moving forward to the playoffs. The Mercury clinched the third seed in the West with the win and Seattle's loss to Minnesota. Phoenix will play Los Angeles in the first round.

The Mercury will visit Chicago before closing the regular season against San Antonio and Los Angeles.

Phoenix will be without Taurasi for Wednesday night's nationally televised game as she picked up her ninth technical foul in the third quarter for flailing.

Under WNBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay for one game upon receiving a seventh technical foul during the regular season. For every two additional technical fouls received during that regular season, the player or coach will be automatically suspended for an additional game. There is a chance the league could rescind the technical when they review the play.

``At least I'll get the day off,'' Taurasi said with her trademark smile.

That technical seemed to energize Phoenix, which rallied behind Taylor and led 62-61 after three quarters.

With the game tied at 69 midway through the fourth quarter, Phoenix went on a 9-3 run to take control. Taurasi started it with a jumper and capped it with a rebound and assist to Bonner for a 3-pointer that made it 78-72 with 2:16 left.

New York wouldn't go away as Kelsey Bone hit consecutive baskets to make it 78-76 with 30 seconds left.

Taurasi tried to seal the win with 9.3 seconds left, but her deep 3-pointer was off the rim giving New York one last chance.

Katie Smith's inbounds pass was stolen by Briana Gilbreath and Taurasi hit two free throws to clinch it.

While Phoenix is already in the postseason, New York (11-21) was eliminated from the playoff chase. This is only the second time in the past seven years that New York didn't make the postseason.

``I thought our effort was what we were supposed to give,'' Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer said. ``We talked all season about our lack of effort for four quarters and tonight we came out with the effort to win this basketball game. They made some shots in the end and we didn't.''

Smith scored a season-high 17 points to lead the Liberty.

The Liberty honored Smith before the game. Smith announced earlier this year that she would retire at the end of the season. The 15-year veteran, who is the league's No. 2 all-time leading scorer, was given a framed USA basketball jersey, a collage of photos of her playing career among her gifts.

``We fought so hard and it was great to see the effort tonight,'' Smith said.

New York was without star Cappie Pondexter, who was sidelined with a knee contusion. Laimbeer said that the team will see how she's feeling as to whether she'll sit out the final two games of the season or not.

Tuesday night marked the last game at Newark for the Liberty. The team will head back to Madison Square Garden next season with the renovations there finished.

Smith kept the Liberty in the game early on scoring nine points in the first quarter. New York trailed by 34-24 midway through the second before rallying behind Alex Montgomery. Her consecutive 3s made it a one-point game.

Phoenix led 43-41 at the half behind 13 points from Bonner and 12 from Taurasi.

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Mercury
Liberty
     
    • 48.1%

    • 34.9%

    • 41.2%

    • 31.6%

    • 80.8%

    • 63.2%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
PHO NYL
Total Rebounds 9 14
Offensive Rebounds 4 20
Turnovers 13 8
Fast Break Pts: 8 3
Biggest Lead: 10 7
Points in the Paint: 24 32
PHO NYL
p 2 players   18 Smith   17
rb 2 players   6 Pierson   15
a Taurasi   9 Pierson   6
s Gilbreath   2 7 players   1
b Griner   4 3 players   1
 
  • 07/02 - NYL 87 @ PHO 94
  • 09/10 - PHO 80 @ NYL 76
Phoenix Mercury (18-13)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C. Dupree F 32:19 9-15 0-0 0-0 -1 1 5 6 1 1 0 2 0 1 18
D. Bonner G-F 36:08 5-6 4-5 4-4 +4 0 5 5 1 1 1 1 1 1 18
B. Griner C 26:36 4-8 0-0 1-2 -3 1 2 3 2 4 0 3 4 1 9
D. Taurasi G 33:54 4-13 2-7 7-8 +4 0 6 6 9 3 1 4 1 0 17
B. Gilbreath G 18:21 1-3 0-2 2-4 -1 1 1 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 4
P. Taylor   21:29 2-5 1-3 7-8 +8 1 2 3 2 2 0 2 0 0 12
L. Kizer   07:41 1-4 0-0 0-0 +5 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
K. Thomas   13:24 0-0 0-0 0-0 +7 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 0
C. Houston   01:49 0-0 0-0 0-0 +3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. James   06:06 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Hornbuckle   02:13 0-0 0-0 0-0 -6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total   200 26-54 7-17 21-26   4 25 29 17 18 4 13 7 3 80
  48.1% 41.2% 80.8%   team rebs: 9 total to: 13
New York Liberty (11-21)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Young F 24:09 4-8 0-0 1-2 +2 3 2 5 0 3 1 1 1 0 9
P. Pierson F-C 30:56 2-10 0-1 1-2 -1 6 9 15 6 4 1 0 0 3 5
K. Braxton C-F 22:20 3-11 0-0 3-3 -6 3 2 5 2 2 1 1 1 1 9
L. Mitchell G 21:32 2-5 1-4 1-2 +3 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 6
K. Smith G 34:00 6-16 2-9 3-3 -4 0 0 0 3 2 1 2 0 0 17
K. Bone   18:58 5-11 0-0 1-1 -1 2 4 6 1 1 1 0 0 0 11
A. Montgomery   23:28 5-13 3-3 0-0 -2 3 2 5 0 5 1 1 1 2 13
D. Milton-Jones   21:42 2-7 0-1 2-6 -5 3 2 5 2 1 0 2 0 1 6
K. Williams   02:54 0-2 0-1 0-0 -6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
E. Carson DND - Torn Left ACL
C. Pondexter DND - Right Knee Bruise
Total   200 29-83 6-19 12-19   20 22 42 14 21 7 8 3 7 76
  34.9% 31.6% 63.2%   team rebs: 14 total to: 9

inactive

  • Mercury: --
  • Liberty: --

technical fouls

  • Mercury: Taurasi
  • Liberty: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 8
  • Times Tied: 11

arena stats

  • Arena: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
  • Officials: #8 Daryl Humphrey, #4 Sue Blauch, #38 Lamont Simpson
  • Attendance: 8127
  • Duration: 1:56
Phoenix Mercury (19-13) New York Liberty (11-22)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Braxton vs Griner (Taurasi gains possession) 
Griner Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST)  09:53
[PHO 2-0]
 
  09:41
[NYL 2-2]
Smith Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Pierson (1 AST) 
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  09:24  
  09:23 Young Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:18 Mitchell Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:04
[PHO 4-2]
 
  08:55 Young Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
Dupree Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  08:34  
  08:20 Braxton Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:19 Braxton Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  08:02
[NYL 4-4]
Braxton Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Missed  07:52  
  07:51 Braxton Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:41 Pierson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Griner (1 BLK) 
  07:40 Pierson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  07:39 Pierson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Griner (2 BLK) 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:38  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST)  07:32
[PHO 6-4]
 
  07:17
[NYL 6-6]
Young Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Griner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Pierson (1 ST)  07:04  
  06:58
[NYL 8-6]
Pierson Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST) 
Griner Jump Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:38
[PHO 8-8]
 
  06:18 Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Gilbreath (1 ST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Gilbreath (1 AST)  06:12
[PHO 11-8]
 
Griner Foul: Personal (1 PF)  06:03  
  06:03 Braxton Substitution replaced by Bone 
  05:56 Mitchell 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:55 Pierson Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
Gilbreath Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  05:45  
  05:45
[NYL 9-11]
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Taylor  05:45  
  05:45 Mitchell Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
  05:45
[NYL 10-11]
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST)  05:34
[PHO 14-10]
 
  05:24
[NYL 13-14]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (4 AST)  05:14
[PHO 16-13]
 
  05:01 Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:00 Pierson Rebound (Off:3 Def:0) 
  04:55 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:54 Montgomery Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  04:41 Young Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:40 Montgomery Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  04:38 Montgomery Layup Shot: Missed Block: Taurasi (1 BLK) 
  04:37 Bone Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  04:36  
Dupree Substitution replaced by Kizer  04:36  
  04:24 Bone Jump Hook Shot: Missed 
  04:23 Young Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  04:16
[NYL 15-16]
Montgomery Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Pierson (2 AST) 
Kizer Jump Shot: Missed  03:54  
  03:53 Bone Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  03:34
[NYL 17-16]
Smith Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Kizer Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Griner (1 AST)  03:16
[PHO 18-17]
 
  03:01 Pierson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Kizer Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:00  
  02:56 Smith Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  02:56
[PHO 19-17]
 
  02:56 Young Substitution replaced by Milton-Jones 
Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas  02:56  
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  02:56
[PHO 20-17]
 
  02:47 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Thomas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:46  
  02:45 Jump Ball Montgomery vs Thomas (Bonner gains possession) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST)  02:37
[PHO 23-17]
 
  02:22 Bone Jump Shot: Missed 
Kizer Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:20  
Taylor Turnover : Poss Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  02:16  
Taylor Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF)  02:16  
  02:00 Milton-Jones Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:59 Team Rebound 
  01:54 Bone Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:53 Montgomery Rebound (Off:3 Def:0) 
Taurasi Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  01:49  
  01:49
[NYL 18-23]
Milton-Jones Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Houston  01:49  
  01:49 Milton-Jones Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  01:48 Pierson Rebound (Off:4 Def:0) 
  01:38 Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:37 Milton-Jones Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  01:33 Milton-Jones Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:32 Bone Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  01:32 Bone Tip Shot: Missed 
Kizer Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:30  
Taurasi Foul: Offensive (2 PF)  01:25  
Taurasi Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  01:25  
  01:25 Pierson Substitution replaced by Braxton 
Taurasi Substitution replaced by James  01:25  
Houston Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  01:14  
  01:14 Milton-Jones Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:14 Team Rebound 
  01:14 Smith Substitution replaced by Mitchell 
Kizer Substitution replaced by Dupree  01:14  
Thomas Substitution replaced by Griner  01:14  
  01:14 Milton-Jones Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  01:13 Milton-Jones Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  01:02 Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:01  
  00:45.4 Milton-Jones Violation:Kicked Ball 
Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Montgomery (1 ST)  00:39.9  
  00:20.9 Milton-Jones Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Houston (1 AST)  00:00.0
[PHO 26-18]
 
End of 1st Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (19-13) New York Liberty (11-22)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
  09:45
[NYL 20-26]
Montgomery Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Pierson (3 AST) 
Dupree Driving Layup Shot: Missed  09:28  
  09:26 Pierson Rebound (Off:4 Def:1) 
  09:12
[NYL 22-26]
Mitchell Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Griner Layup Shot: Missed Block: Montgomery (1 BLK)  08:47  
Team Rebound  08:46  
James Substitution replaced by Taurasi  08:46  
  08:46 Mitchell Substitution replaced by Smith 
Griner Jump Shot: Missed  08:45  
  08:43 Pierson Rebound (Off:4 Def:2) 
  08:24
[NYL 24-26]
Milton-Jones Layup Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Pierson (4 AST) 
Gilbreath 3pt Shot: Missed  08:16  
Team Rebound  08:15  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Dupree (1 AST)  08:00
[PHO 28-24]
 
  07:47 Pierson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:46  
  07:42 Montgomery Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Gilbreath Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  07:42  
Team Rebound  07:42  
Bonner Substitution replaced by Taylor  07:42  
Gilbreath Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  07:42  
  07:41 Braxton Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Griner Foul: Personal (2 PF)  07:36  
  07:32 Smith Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
  07:30 Braxton Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  07:17 Braxton Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:16  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  07:06  
Gilbreath Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  07:05  
  07:04 Montgomery Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Gilbreath Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  07:04
[PHO 29-24]
 
  07:04 Milton-Jones Substitution replaced by Mitchell 
Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas  07:04  
Gilbreath Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  07:04
[PHO 30-24]
 
  06:52 Braxton Jump Shot: Missed 
Gilbreath Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:51  
Taylor Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  06:38
[PHO 32-24]
 
  06:22 Braxton Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:21  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (5 AST)  06:13
[PHO 34-24]
 
  06:03 Team Timeout : Regular 
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle  06:03  
  06:03 Braxton Substitution replaced by Bone 
  05:58 Montgomery Driving Jump shot: Missed Block: Thomas (1 BLK) 
  05:57 Team Rebound 
  05:45 Pierson 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:44 Team Rebound 
  05:44 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  05:27  
  05:26 Pierson Rebound (Off:4 Def:3) 
  05:16
[NYL 26-34]
Bone Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Thomas Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  05:16  
  05:16 Montgomery Substitution replaced by Young 
  05:16
[NYL 27-34]
Bone Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS) 
Taurasi Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Mitchell (1 ST)  05:08  
Hornbuckle Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  05:03  
  05:03 Mitchell Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  05:03 Team Rebound 
  05:03
[NYL 28-34]
Mitchell Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Missed  04:53  
  04:52 Pierson Rebound (Off:4 Def:4) 
  04:30 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:29  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  04:17  
  04:16 Young Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:02
[NYL 30-34]
Bone Jump Hook Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
  03:50 Young Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Hornbuckle Substitution replaced by Bonner  03:50  
  03:50 Pierson Substitution replaced by Milton-Jones 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Taylor (2 AST)  03:44
[PHO 37-30]
 
  03:36 Young Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:35  
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)  03:27  
  03:27 Mitchell Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
  03:09
[NYL 33-37]
Montgomery 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Taylor Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  03:02  
  02:52
[NYL 36-37]
Montgomery 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Bone (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:45  
Thomas Substitution replaced by Griner  02:45  
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  02:31  
  02:30 Bone Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  02:19 Young Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:18  
  02:05 Montgomery Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Gilbreath  02:05  
  02:05 Montgomery Substitution replaced by Williams 
Gilbreath Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Griner (2 AST)  01:54
[PHO 39-36]
 
  01:36
[NYL 38-39]
Bone Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
  01:29 Bone Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  01:29
[PHO 40-38]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  01:29
[PHO 41-38]
 
Bonner Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  01:17  
  01:17 Young Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:17 Team Rebound 
  01:17
[NYL 39-41]
Young Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Griner Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Young (1 ST)  01:02  
  00:57.9 Williams Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:56.7  
  00:53.1 Williams Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  00:53.1
[PHO 42-39]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  00:53.1
[PHO 43-39]
 
  00:41.7
[NYL 41-43]
Young Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Milton-Jones (1 AST) 
Taurasi Driving Jump shot: Missed  00:20.9  
  00:19.7 Milton-Jones Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  00:01.1 Milton-Jones 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (19-13) New York Liberty (11-22)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
  09:46
[NYL 43-43]
Young Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Pierson (5 AST) 
Dupree Pullup Bank shot: Made (6 PTS)  09:32
[PHO 45-43]
 
  09:17
[NYL 45-45]
Smith Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Braxton (1 ST)  09:07  
  08:57
[NYL 48-45]
Mitchell 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Dupree Pullup Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (6 AST)  08:36
[PHO 47-48]
 
Griner Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  08:18  
  08:18
[NYL 49-47]
Braxton Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  08:18
[NYL 50-47]
Braxton Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  08:00 Braxton Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Young (1 BLK)  07:51  
  07:49 Pierson Rebound (Off:4 Def:5) 
  07:33 Braxton Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:32 Team Rebound 
Dupree Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF)  07:32  
  07:27
[NYL 52-47]
Smith Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Braxton (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  07:19  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST)  07:01
[PHO 49-52]
 
  06:48
[NYL 54-49]
Young Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST) 
  06:35 Mitchell Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Griner Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  06:35
[PHO 50-54]
 
Griner Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  06:35  
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  06:34  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  06:15  
  06:12 Team Rebound 
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Taylor  06:12  
  05:58 Smith Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  05:57  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed Block: Braxton (1 BLK)  05:45  
  05:43 Mitchell Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:24 Braxton Jump Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:23  
Griner Turnover : Traveling (3 TO)  05:16  
Dupree Substitution replaced by Kizer  05:16  
  05:16 Mitchell Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
  04:58
[NYL 56-50]
Braxton Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Griner Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (1 FTA)  04:58  
Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas  04:58  
  04:58
[NYL 57-50]
Braxton Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS) 
  04:46 Pierson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  04:46
[PHO 51-57]
 
  04:46 Braxton Substitution replaced by Bone 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  04:46
[PHO 52-57]
 
  04:33 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:32  
  04:31 Montgomery Foul: Personal (4 PF) 
Taurasi Technical  04:31  
  04:31
[NYL 58-52]
Smith Free Throw Technical (14 PTS) 
  04:31 Montgomery Substitution replaced by Williams 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (7 AST)  04:21
[PHO 55-58]
 
  04:05 Williams 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  04:04  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  03:49  
Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:48  
  03:47 Williams Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  03:47
[PHO 56-58]
 
  03:47 Williams Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  03:47
[PHO 57-58]
 
  03:36 Bone Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:34 Pierson Rebound (Off:5 Def:5) 
  03:31 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  03:30  
  03:12 Pierson Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS)  03:12
[PHO 58-58]
 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  03:12  
  03:11 Pierson Rebound (Off:5 Def:6) 
  02:57 Montgomery Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Taurasi (1 ST) 
Kizer Jump Shot: Missed  02:43  
  02:42 Montgomery Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  02:30 Pierson Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  02:29  
Taylor Layup Shot: Missed  02:18  
  02:16 Bone Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  02:01 Young Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:00 Team Rebound 
Thomas Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF)  02:00  
  02:00 Young Substitution replaced by Milton-Jones 
Kizer Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA)  01:59  
  01:59 Pierson Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:59 Team Rebound 
  01:59
[NYL 59-58]
Pierson Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Kizer Jump Shot: Missed  01:38  
  01:36 Montgomery Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  01:25 Milton-Jones Layup Shot: Missed Block: Bonner (1 BLK) 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:24  
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  01:10  
  01:09 Bone Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  00:56.6 Milton-Jones Turnover : 3 Second Violation (2 TO) 
Kizer Substitution replaced by Dupree  00:56.6  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by James  00:56.6  
  00:56.6 Smith Substitution replaced by Mitchell 
  00:42.0 Pierson Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  00:42.0
[PHO 59-59]
 
  00:42.0 Pierson Substitution replaced by Young 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  00:42.0
[PHO 60-59]
 
  00:26.9 Bone Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:25.9 Milton-Jones Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  00:25.9
[NYL 61-60]
Milton-Jones Putback Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
  00:04.7 Young Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS)  00:04.7
[PHO 61-61]
 
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS)  00:04.7
[PHO 62-61]
 
  00:01.1 Mitchell 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Qtr
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Dupree Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS)  09:37
[PHO 64-61]
 
  09:19
[NYL 63-64]
Braxton Jump Bank Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Dupree Turnaround Bank shot: Made (14 PTS)  08:56
[PHO 66-63]
 
  08:38
[NYL 66-66]
Montgomery 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Gilbreath 3pt Shot: Missed  08:13  
  08:11 Milton-Jones Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  07:59 Montgomery Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:58 Young Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  07:51 Mitchell 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:50 Young Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  07:31 Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  07:30  
  07:30 Mitchell Substitution replaced by Smith 
Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas  07:30  
James Substitution replaced by Taurasi  07:30  
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS)  07:14
[PHO 68-66]
 
  07:00 Smith Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:58  
  06:53 Young Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  06:53  
Team Rebound  06:53  
  06:53 Young Substitution replaced by Pierson 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  06:53
[PHO 69-66]
 
  06:43 Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  06:42  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  06:27  
  06:25 Team Rebound 
  06:25 Montgomery Substitution replaced by Mitchell 
  06:12 Pierson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  06:11 Pierson Rebound (Off:6 Def:6) 
  06:07
[NYL 69-69]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Pierson (6 AST) 
  05:53  
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Taylor  05:53  
Thomas Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST)  05:39  
  05:31 Braxton Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  05:30  
Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Made (15 PTS)  05:16
[PHO 71-69]
 
  05:05 Braxton Foul: Offensive (2 PF) 
  05:05 Braxton Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Thomas Substitution replaced by Griner  05:05  
Griner Turnaround Bank shot: Made (9 PTS)  04:53
[PHO 73-69]
 
  04:39 Braxton Layup Shot: Missed Block: Griner (3 BLK) 
  04:38 Braxton Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  04:34
[NYL 71-73]
Pierson Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Braxton (2 AST) 
  04:25 Milton-Jones Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (8 AST)  04:18
[PHO 75-71]
 
  03:59 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  03:58  
  03:38 Pierson Foul: Personal (4 PF) 
  03:30 Smith Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
  03:30 Mitchell Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  03:22  
  03:21 Team Rebound 
Taylor Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  03:10  
  03:10
[NYL 72-75]
Milton-Jones Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
  03:10 Milton-Jones Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:09  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  02:46  
  02:45 Pierson Rebound (Off:6 Def:7) 
  02:25 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  02:24  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (9 AST)  02:15
[PHO 78-72]
 
  02:13 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:13 Braxton Substitution replaced by Bone 
  02:01 Milton-Jones Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  02:00  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  01:37  
Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  01:36  
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Bone (1 ST)  01:27  
Taurasi Foul: Personal (3 PF)  01:22  
  01:10
[NYL 74-78]
Bone Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Milton-Jones (2 AST) 
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  00:49.7  
  00:48.2 Pierson Rebound (Off:6 Def:8) 
  00:30.3
[NYL 76-78]
Bone Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Smith (3 AST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  00:11.9  
  00:10.8 Pierson Rebound (Off:6 Def:9) 
  00:09.3 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:09.3 Team Timeout : Regular 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Gilbreath  00:09.3  
  00:08.8 Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Gilbreath (2 ST) 
  00:06.6 Montgomery Foul: Personal (5 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS)  00:06.6
[PHO 79-76]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS)  00:06.6
[PHO 80-76]
 
  00:06.6 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:06.6 Bone Substitution replaced by Mitchell 
Gilbreath Foul: Personal Take (2 PF)  00:05.1  
  00:05.1 Smith Substitution replaced by Williams 
  00:01.9 Pierson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Griner (4 BLK) 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  00:00.3  
End of 4th Qtr
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standings
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l10
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PHO
3rd West
19
15
6-4
10-7
9-8
NYL
5th East
11
23
1-9
6-11
5-12
 
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Lynx Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .474 .
FT% .790 .
Points 82.9 NaN
Rebounds 36.9 NaN
Assists 20.5 NaN
Steals 7.7 NaN
Blocks 4.8 NaN
3-Point % .365 .
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  season playoffs
FG% .423 .
FT% .741 .
Points 76.9 NaN
Rebounds 35.6 NaN
Assists 16.6 NaN
Steals 10.2 NaN
Blocks 4.3 NaN
3-Point % .275 .
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