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Preview | Recap

Mercury beat Sparks 86-75 to win playoff opener


By BETH HARRIS
Posted Sep 20 2013 2:09AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) All the adjustments in the world by the trailing team won't always change the outcome of a game.

``Sometimes it just comes down to making shots,'' former WNBA MVP Diana Taurasi said. ``The first half I didn't make them. The second half I did.''

Taurasi scored 14 of her 30 points in the third quarter to help the Phoenix Mercury rally for an 86-75 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday night in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series. She was 11 of 13 from the free throw line.

``We're just not making her uncomfortable enough,'' Sparks coach Carol Ross said. ``With her, you have to be able to change things because she's very smart.''

Candice Dupree added 16 points and DeWanna Bonner had 13 for the Mercury, who snapped the Sparks' six-game home winning streak. Phoenix has dealt the Sparks two of their three losses at Staples Center this season.

Newly crowned WNBA MVP Candace Parker led the Sparks with 28 points, and Lindsey Harding added 16. Nneka Ogwumike had 14 rebounds. The Sparks were 15-2 at home during the regular season, tied for the best mark in the league.

``It's a collective effort and we just didn't play as smart as we did in the first half,'' Ogwumike said.

Parker called her teammates into a huddle at midcourt after the final buzzer.

``She just said we've got to respond like champions because we know the caliber of play that we can play at,'' Ogwumike said. ``It's something that we've been talking about all season, that we just have to fight back.''

Game 2 in the best-of-3 series is Saturday at Phoenix.

The Mercury were outrebounded 39-27, but they hounded the Sparks into 16 turnovers. Phoenix rookie Brittney Griner got in early foul trouble, but stuck around and finished with 10 points, six rebounds and five fouls.

``It was frustrating because I would come in, not do good, get a foul, come out. I just have to adjust to how the officiating is going,'' she said.

Playing in her first postseason game in front of the announced crowd of 8,500, Griner said, ``I expected more people in the seats, but I guess people are busy on Thursdays in L.A.''

Phoenix pulled away to the game's first double-digit lead in the fourth, helped by six straight points from Dupree. Griner's basket made it 79-69 with less than 2 minutes to go.

The Mercury rallied in the third, turning a five-point deficit into a 65-60 lead going into the fourth. Taurasi scored nine points in Phoenix's 18-10 run that gave the Mercury their first lead since the first period.

``They came out in the third quarter and really put it on us,'' Parker said. ``We knew they were going to shut down our driving lanes and try to make us shoot from outside. I have to put my teammates in a better position to score.''

Kristi Toliver, who averages 14 points, missed her first 10 shots for the Sparks and finished with two points. Ogwumike was held to eight points.

``Not the way I want to start, but it won't be the way I finish,'' Toliver said. ``That's all I've really got to focus on - just staying confident with it, just keep shooting it and move on to the next one. `'

The Sparks owned a 23-10 rebounding edge in the first half, when they led 43-38.

Parker scored 12 of her 16 points in the opening quarter, while Griner picked up two early fouls.

The series is a rematch of the 2009 conference finals when Phoenix swept the Sparks on its way to the team's second WNBA title.

Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher spoke to the Sparks before the game, telling them to keep their focus on the team.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., who won a big fight in Las Vegas last weekend, attended the game.


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Mercury
Sparks
     
    • 50.7%

    • 41.1%

    • 30.8%

    • 0.0%

    • 70.0%

    • 75.0%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
PHO LAS
Total Rebounds 9 12
Offensive Rebounds 4 13
Turnovers 8 16
Fast Break Pts: 6 10
Biggest Lead: 12 8
Points in the Paint: 46 44
PHO LAS
p Taurasi   30 Parker   28
rb Dupree   7 Ogwumike   14
a Taurasi   7 Harding   5
s 2 players   2 2 players   1
b Kizer   1 Parker   2
 
  • 06/14 - LAS 81 @ PHO 97
  • 07/14 - LAS 88 @ PHO 76
  • 07/18 - PHO 90 @ LAS 84
  • 09/15 - PHO 55 @ LAS 89
Phoenix Mercury (19-15)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
D. Bonner G-F 39:01 5-9 1-4 2-3 +10 0 5 5 1 1 2 1 0 0 13
C. Dupree F 37:38 8-16 0-0 0-0 +8 1 6 7 5 2 1 1 0 1 16
B. Griner C 18:35 5-7 0-0 0-2 +7 2 4 6 0 5 0 2 0 0 10
P. Taylor F 24:10 2-4 0-1 1-2 +9 0 2 2 5 0 1 1 0 0 5
D. Taurasi G 40:00 8-21 3-8 11-13 +11 1 3 4 7 2 2 1 0 1 30
K. Thomas   07:55 0-0 0-0 0-0 -6 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
B. Gilbreath   15:50 2-3 0-0 0-0 +2 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 4
J. James   02:22 1-2 0-0 0-0 +3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
C. Houston   03:18 0-2 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Kizer   11:11 3-3 0-0 0-0 +13 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 6
A. Hornbuckle DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 34-67 4-13 14-20   4 23 27 20 18 8 8 1 2 86
  50.7% 30.8% 70.0%   team rebs: 9 total to: 10
Los Angeles Sparks (24-10)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
A. Beard G-F 30:28 4-8 0-0 0-0 -15 1 1 2 1 2 0 3 0 0 8
N. Ogwumike F 25:43 4-11 0-0 0-0 -12 6 8 14 3 4 0 3 0 1 8
C. Parker F-C 38:22 11-19 0-3 6-8 -8 2 6 8 0 2 0 2 2 0 28
K. Toliver G 27:58 1-13 0-7 0-0 -10 1 3 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 2
L. Harding G 35:11 5-11 0-1 6-7 -10 1 3 4 5 4 0 4 0 0 16
J. Lavender   12:53 3-4 0-0 1-2 +5 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
M. Coleman   14:04 1-4 0-1 2-2 0 1 2 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 4
J. O'Hea   09:08 1-3 0-2 0-1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 2
E. Hoffman   03:02 0-0 0-0 0-0 -7 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
A. Mathies   03:11 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
F. Abdi DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 30-73 0-14 15-20   13 26 39 12 19 2 16 2 1 75
  41.1% 0.0% 75.0%   team rebs: 12 total to: 16

inactive

  • Mercury: --
  • Sparks: --

technical fouls

  • Mercury: --
  • Sparks: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 2
  • Times Tied: 7

arena stats

  • Arena: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Officials: #38 Lamont Simpson, #18 Kurt Walker, #13 Cameron Inouye
  • Attendance: 8500
  • Duration: 1:58
Phoenix Mercury (20-15) Los Angeles Sparks (24-11)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Ogwumike vs Griner (Taurasi gains possession) 
Griner Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST)  09:53
[PHO 2-0]
 
  09:43 Harding Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Griner Jump Shot: Missed  09:27  
  09:26 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:13
[LAS 2-2]
Beard Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  09:04  
  09:01 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:55 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  08:54  
  08:34 Beard Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Taurasi Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST)  08:21
[PHO 4-2]
 
  08:11
[LAS 4-4]
Harding Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Griner Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Dupree (1 AST)  07:52
[PHO 6-4]
 
  07:34 Parker Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  07:19  
  07:17 Harding Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:09 Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:08 Toliver Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  07:02 Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:01 Team Rebound 
  06:56 Toliver Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:55 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  06:51
[LAS 6-6]
Beard Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Ogwumike (1 AST) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Dupree (2 AST)  06:30
[PHO 9-6]
 
  06:22 Harding Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  06:22 Harding Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  06:01  
  06:00 Beard Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:53 Beard Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Missed  05:41  
Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  05:37  
Dupree Layup Shot: Missed  05:36  
  05:34 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:31
[LAS 8-9]
Ogwumike Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Beard (1 AST) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST)  05:18
[PHO 11-8]
 
  05:06 Harding Jump Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:05  
Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  04:55
[PHO 13-8]
 
  04:38 Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:36 Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  04:36 Parker Tip Shot: Missed 
  04:35 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  04:35 Ogwumike Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:35 Parker Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  04:35
[LAS 10-13]
Parker Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Griner Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  04:35  
  04:35  
  04:35 Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Lavender 
  04:35
[LAS 11-13]
Parker Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taylor (2 AST)  04:16
[PHO 15-11]
 
Griner Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  04:04  
  04:04
[LAS 12-15]
Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas  04:04  
Taylor Substitution replaced by Gilbreath  04:04  
  04:04
[LAS 13-15]
Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  03:47  
  03:45 Lavender Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:38
[LAS 15-15]
Parker Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Toliver (1 AST) 
Gilbreath Jump Shot: Missed  03:17  
  03:16 Parker Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  03:10
[LAS 17-15]
Parker Driving Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:01  
  03:01 Beard Substitution replaced by Coleman 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  02:44  
Team Rebound  02:43  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  02:43  
  02:22
[LAS 19-15]
Lavender Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harding (1 AST) 
Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  01:58  
  01:46 Parker Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:44 Coleman Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  01:34
[LAS 21-15]
Harding Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  01:16
[PHO 17-21]
 
  01:16 Lavender Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS)  01:16
[PHO 18-21]
 
  01:00
[LAS 23-18]
Parker Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Harding (2 AST) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  00:50.9  
  00:49.7 Parker Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
Thomas Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  00:43.5  
  00:43.5 Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:43.5 Team Rebound 
Dupree Substitution replaced by James  00:43.5  
  00:43.5
[LAS 24-18]
Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  00:22.9  
  00:22.3 Team Rebound 
James Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) (2 FTA)  00:22.3  
  00:22.3
[LAS 25-18]
Harding Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Taylor  00:22.3  
  00:22.3
[LAS 26-18]
Harding Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
James Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST)  00:04.0
[PHO 20-26]
 
  00:00.8 Harding 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 1st Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (20-15) Los Angeles Sparks (24-11)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
  09:47 Toliver Layup Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:45  
James Jump Shot: Missed  09:38  
  09:37 Toliver Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  09:33 O'Hea Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  09:10  
  09:09 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  09:03
[LAS 28-20]
Lavender Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Toliver (2 AST) 
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (4 AST)  08:49
[PHO 22-28]
 
  08:49 Ogwumike Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Gilbreath  08:49  
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 1 (6 PTS)  08:49
[PHO 23-28]
 
  08:35 Lavender Layup Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:34  
Gilbreath Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (5 AST)  08:29
[PHO 25-28]
 
  08:22 Team Timeout : Regular 
James Substitution replaced by Dupree  08:22  
  08:22 Toliver Substitution replaced by Harding 
  08:22 Lavender Substitution replaced by Parker 
  08:08 Parker Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:05 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  08:04 Ogwumike Layup Shot: Missed 
Gilbreath Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:03  
Gilbreath Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Coleman (1 ST)  08:02  
  07:58
[LAS 30-25]
Parker Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Ogwumike (2 AST) 
  07:39 Ogwumike Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Bonner Substitution replaced by Houston  07:39  
  07:39 Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Lavender 
Griner Foul: Offensive (3 PF)  07:38  
Griner Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  07:38  
Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas  07:38  
  07:14 Coleman 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  07:13  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Dupree (3 AST)  06:59
[PHO 28-30]
 
  06:41 O'Hea 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:40 Team Rebound 
Dupree Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  06:40  
  06:40
[LAS 31-28]
Coleman Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Thomas Substitution replaced by Bonner  06:40  
  06:40 O'Hea Substitution replaced by Beard 
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Taylor  06:40  
  06:40
[LAS 32-28]
Coleman Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Missed  06:21  
  06:19 Coleman Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Houston Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  06:15  
  06:15
[LAS 33-28]
Lavender Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  06:15 Lavender Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Team Rebound  06:14  
Houston Jump Shot: Missed  05:52  
  05:51 Parker Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  05:33 Beard Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:32  
Houston Jump Shot: Missed  05:23  
  05:18 Parker Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  05:15 Harding Jump Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:13  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  05:03  
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:02  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  04:56  
  04:56 Coleman Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:30
[LAS 35-28]
Parker Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  04:21  
Houston Substitution replaced by Kizer  04:21  
  04:21 Lavender Substitution replaced by Toliver 
  04:21 Coleman Substitution replaced by Ogwumike 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Dupree (4 AST)  04:06
[PHO 30-35]
 
  03:49 Toliver Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:48  
Kizer Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Dupree (5 AST)  03:40
[PHO 32-35]
 
  03:23 Toliver Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:22 Team Rebound 
Taurasi Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  03:06  
  03:06
[LAS 36-32]
Harding Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  03:06
[LAS 37-32]
Harding Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Kizer Foul: Offensive (1 PF)  02:47  
Kizer Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  02:47  
  02:31 Harding Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Dupree (1 ST) 
Kizer Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taylor (3 AST)  02:21
[PHO 34-37]
 
Kizer Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF)  02:06  
  01:57
[LAS 39-34]
Harding Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Taylor Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (6 AST)  01:51
[PHO 36-39]
 
  01:34
[LAS 41-36]
Ogwumike Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  01:30  
  01:15 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
  01:13 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:4 Def:3) 
  01:12
[LAS 43-36]
Ogwumike Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  00:49.8  
  00:47.9 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:4 Def:4) 
  00:27.9 Ogwumike Hook Shot: Missed 
Kizer Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:26.6  
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  00:04.6
[PHO 38-43]
 
  00:01.3 Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (20-15) Los Angeles Sparks (24-11)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
  09:46
[LAS 45-38]
Parker Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Toliver (3 AST) 
Griner Turnaround Bank shot: Made (6 PTS)  09:27
[PHO 40-45]
 
  09:13 Beard Jump Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  09:12  
  09:02 Parker Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Griner Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  09:02  
Team Rebound  09:02  
Griner Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  09:02  
  09:00 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:4 Def:5) 
  08:54 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  08:52  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS)  08:40
[PHO 43-45]
 
  08:22 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:21  
  08:21 Ogwumike Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
Taylor Jump Shot: Missed  08:03  
  08:02 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:4 Def:6) 
  07:56 Beard Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Taurasi (1 ST) 
Dupree Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Toliver (1 ST)  07:49  
  07:38 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:37 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:5 Def:6) 
  07:35
[LAS 47-43]
Ogwumike Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  07:18  
  07:16 Toliver Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  07:08 Ogwumike Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST) 
Bonner Driving Bank shot: Made (10 PTS)  07:01
[PHO 45-47]
 
  06:46
[LAS 49-45]
Harding Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Griner Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (1 FTA)  06:46  
Griner Substitution replaced by Kizer  06:46  
  06:46
[LAS 50-45]
Harding Free Throw 1 of 1 (13 PTS) 
  06:24 Ogwumike Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  06:24  
Team Rebound  06:24  
  06:24 Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Lavender 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  06:24
[PHO 46-50]
 
  06:03 Toliver Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  06:01  
Kizer Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  05:50
[PHO 48-50]
 
  05:29 Harding Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  05:28  
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taylor (4 AST)  05:19
[PHO 50-50]
 
  05:11 Team Timeout : Regular 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Gilbreath  05:11  
  05:11 Lavender Substitution replaced by Hoffman 
  04:52 Hoffman Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Kizer (1 ST) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST)  04:46
[PHO 52-50]
 
  04:23
[LAS 52-52]
Beard Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Harding (3 AST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  04:08  
  04:07 Harding Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:03 Harding Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Taurasi (2 ST) 
  03:58 Toliver Substitution replaced by Coleman 
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Gilbreath (1 AST)  03:54
[PHO 54-52]
 
  03:37
[LAS 54-54]
Coleman Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  03:24  
Team Rebound  03:24  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Gilbreath (2 AST)  03:21
[PHO 56-54]
 
  03:05 Coleman Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:03 Beard Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  03:02 Beard Layup Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:00  
  02:53 Hoffman Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS)  02:53
[PHO 57-54]
 
Kizer Substitution replaced by Thomas  02:53  
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS)  02:53
[PHO 58-54]
 
  02:38 Harding Jump Shot: Missed 
Thomas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:37  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS)  02:28
[PHO 61-54]
 
Thomas Foul: Defense 3 Second (1 PF)  02:09  
  02:09 Parker Free Throw Technical Missed 
  02:09 Team Rebound 
  02:09 Hoffman Substitution replaced by Lavender 
  01:59 Beard Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  01:46  
  01:45 Team Rebound 
Thomas Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF)  01:45  
  01:45 Beard Substitution replaced by O'Hea 
  01:45 Harding Substitution replaced by Mathies 
  01:31
[LAS 56-61]
O'Hea Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Gilbreath Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  01:31  
  01:31 O'Hea Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:29  
  01:18 O'Hea Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (21 PTS)  01:18
[PHO 62-56]
 
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Taylor  01:18  
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (22 PTS)  01:18
[PHO 63-56]
 
  01:00 Coleman Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:59.5 Lavender Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  00:59.5
[LAS 58-63]
Lavender Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  00:45.9  
  00:44.7 Lavender Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:32.9 Coleman Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Taylor (1 ST) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (24 PTS)  00:19.2
[PHO 65-58]
 
  00:00.4
[LAS 60-65]
Parker Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS) 
End of 3rd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (20-15) Los Angeles Sparks (24-11)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
  09:44 Mathies Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Missed  09:29  
  09:28 Parker Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  09:15 O'Hea 3pt Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  09:14  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  09:06  
  09:04 Team Rebound 
  08:47 Parker Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Bonner (2 ST) 
  08:34 O'Hea Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
  08:34 Mathies Substitution replaced by Harding 
  08:34 Coleman Substitution replaced by Beard 
Griner Running Hook Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Taylor (5 AST)  08:22
[PHO 67-60]
 
  08:05 Ogwumike Layup Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  08:03  
Taylor Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  07:51  
  07:29
[LAS 62-67]
Harding Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed Block: Parker (1 BLK)  07:11  
  07:08 O'Hea Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:02
[LAS 64-67]
Parker Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Ogwumike (3 AST) 
Dupree Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS)  06:41
[PHO 69-64]
 
  06:27 Parker Jump Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:26  
Griner Foul: Offensive (5 PF)  06:08  
Griner Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  06:08  
Taylor Substitution replaced by Gilbreath  06:08  
  05:57 O'Hea Turnover : Traveling (2 TO) 
Griner Substitution replaced by Kizer  05:57  
  05:57  
  05:57 O'Hea Substitution replaced by Toliver 
Dupree Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  05:39
[PHO 71-64]
 
  05:22 Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed Block: Kizer (1 BLK) 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:21  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS)  05:13
[PHO 73-64]
 
  05:08 Team Timeout : Short 
  04:57 Ogwumike Turnover : Traveling (2 TO) 
Dupree Driving Layup Shot: Missed  04:39  
  04:36 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:5 Def:7) 
Bonner Foul: Personal (1 PF)  04:35  
  04:23 Beard Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  04:21  
  04:08 Harding Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  03:56  
Team Rebound  03:56  
  03:56 Parker Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  03:42  
  03:32
[LAS 66-73]
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harding (4 AST) 
Gilbreath Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  03:12
[PHO 75-66]
 
Dupree Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  03:00  
  03:00
[LAS 67-75]
Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 (23 PTS) 
Kizer Substitution replaced by Griner  03:00  
  03:00
[LAS 68-75]
Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 (24 PTS) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed Block: Parker (2 BLK)  02:48  
  02:45 Harding Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Gilbreath Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  02:44  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:44  
  02:44 Harding Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:44 Team Rebound 
  02:44
[LAS 69-75]
Harding Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Dupree Running Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (7 AST)  02:28
[PHO 77-69]
 
  02:16 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  02:15  
Griner Jump Shot: Missed  01:56  
Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  01:55  
Griner Hook Shot: Made (10 PTS)  01:53
[PHO 79-69]
 
  01:41 Parker Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  01:40  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  01:25  
Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  01:24  
  01:11 Harding Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (25 PTS)  01:11
[PHO 80-69]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (26 PTS)  01:11
[PHO 81-69]
 
  01:02
[LAS 71-81]
Beard Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Harding (5 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:51.1  
  00:49.2 Harding Foul: Personal Take (4 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:49.2  
Team Rebound  00:49.2  
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (27 PTS)  00:49.2
[PHO 82-71]
 
Taurasi Foul: Personal (2 PF)  00:48.6  
  00:47.8 Ogwumike Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Gilbreath (1 ST) 
  00:40.9 Beard Foul: Personal Take (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  00:40.9
[PHO 83-71]
 
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:40.9  
  00:39.9 Toliver Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:30.9 Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:28.9 Harding Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:23.8 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:22.9 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:6 Def:7) 
  00:17.3
[LAS 73-83]
Parker Driving Layup Shot: Made (26 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:17.3  
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Taylor  00:17.3  
  00:15.4 Toliver Foul: Personal Take (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (28 PTS)  00:15.4
[PHO 84-73]
 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Gilbreath  00:15.4  
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (29 PTS)  00:15.4
[PHO 85-73]
 
  00:09.6
[LAS 75-85]
Parker Driving Layup Shot: Made (28 PTS) 
  00:08.6 Toliver Foul: Personal Take (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (30 PTS)  00:08.6
[PHO 86-75]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:08.6  
  00:07.9 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:6 Def:8) 
  00:02.4 Harding Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- ESPN 2 National 10:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
PHO
3rd West
19
15
6-4
10-7
9-8
LAS
2nd West
24
10
7-3
15-2
9-8
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
Mercury Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .453 .507
FT% .811 .700
Points 79.7 86.0
Rebounds 35.1 27.0
Assists 16.9 20.0
Steals 6.0 8.0
Blocks 5.1 1.0
3-Point % .303 .308
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Sparks Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .475 .411
FT% .778 .750
Points 81.9 75.0
Rebounds 34.6 39.0
Assists 18.8 12.0
Steals 8.4 2.0
Blocks 4.9 2.0
3-Point % .346 .000
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 3
Phoenix Mercury (2-1)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Bonner, DeWanna 39:01 5-9 1-4 2-3 0 5 5 1 1 2 1 0 0 13
Dupree, Candice 37:39 8-16 0-0 0-0 1 6 7 5 2 1 1 0 1 16
Gilbreath, Briana 15:50 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 4
Griner, Brittney 18:35 5-7 0-0 0-2 2 4 6 0 5 0 2 0 0 10
Houston, Charde 3:18 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
James, Jasmine 2:22 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
Kizer, Lynetta 11:11 3-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 6
Taurasi, Diana 40:00 8-21 3-8 11-13 1 3 4 7 2 2 1 0 1 30
Taylor, Penny 24:10 2-4 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 5 0 1 1 0 0 5
Thomas, Krystal 7:55 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Los Angeles Sparks (1-2)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Beard, Alana 30:28 4-8 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 3 0 0 8
Coleman, Marissa 14:04 1-4 0-1 2-2 1 2 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 4
Harding, Lindsey 35:11 5-11 0-1 6-7 1 3 4 5 4 0 4 0 0 16
Hoffman, Ebony 3:02 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Lavender, Jantel 12:53 3-4 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
Mathies, A'dia 3:11 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
O'Hea, Jenna 9:08 1-3 0-2 0-1 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 2
Ogwumike, Nneka 25:43 4-11 0-0 0-0 6 8 14 3 4 0 3 0 1 8
Parker, Candace 38:22 11-19 0-3 6-8 2 6 8 0 2 0 2 2 0 28
Toliver, Kristi 27:58 1-13 0-7 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 2