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By BETH HARRIS
Posted Sep 24 2013 1:24AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Brittney Griner's performance had been up-and-down in her WNBA playoff debut. With veteran Diana Taurasi urging her on, the rookie calmly sank the winning basket.

Griner's turnaround jumper with 4.9 seconds left gave the Phoenix Mercury a 78-77 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Monday night in the deciding Game 3 of their first-round series.

``It doesn't matter what you do until the end,'' said Griner, who finished with six points, four rebounds and four fouls. ``I wasn't nervous about it. I didn't think twice.''

Candice Dupree scored all but two of her 22 points in the first half, Dewanna Bonner added 19, and Taurasi had 18 points and 10 assists while improving to 6-0 in career elimination games with the Mercury.

Phoenix advanced to the Western Conference finals against top-seeded Minnesota. Game 1 is Thursday.

Kristi Toliver led the Sparks with 22 points. WNBA MVP Candace Parker added 18 points, and Nneka Ogwumike had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Sparks were eliminated for the second straight year with a one-point loss. A year ago, they lost 80-79 to Minnesota, which swept the conference finals.

``I'm sick of always being on this podium talking after a loss,'' Parker said. ``Clearly, we keep losing by one point at the end of the season so it's something we're doing.''

After Parker gave the Sparks just their second lead of the fourth on a layup with 7 seconds to go, Griner responded with the winning basket for the Mercury.

``The minute she caught it and made her motion to shoot I just knew it was going in,'' Taurasi said. ``I've seen her make that shot all year. For her to be up-and-down all series and take that shot just tells you a lot about Brittney and how mentally strong she is. She's willing to do anything for this team to win.''

Parker missed a fling from the wing after getting trapped in the right corner as time expired, dashing her hopes of adding her first WNBA championship to her collection of NCAA titles and Olympic gold medals.

``I forced her out of the paint and I thought I contested,'' Parker said glumly. ``She hit a good shot.''

Both teams shot poorly in the fourth quarter, when they each went more than 2 minutes without scoring. The Mercury was 5 of 18, and the Sparks were 5 of 17.

``The defense was pretty good and both teams were tired,'' Phoenix coach Russ Pennell said. ``I'm tired from trying to get them not being tired.''

Taurasi found Jasmine James down low for a layin that extended the Mercury's lead to 76-73 with 1:15 left. Lindsey Harding got fouled and made both to draw the Sparks within one point.

Bonner missed a 3-pointer and after a timeout, Parker's layup put the Sparks ahead 77-76.

Taurasi then huddled up her teammates and Griner listened intently.

``She has a calming effect,'' said Griner, who was the second choice behind Taurasi to take her team's last shot. ``She told us it's going to be OK, get the stop, get the ball back and we'll be fine.''

The Mercury clinched their fifth conference finals appearance and fourth in the last five years.

Phoenix saw most of its seven-point lead evaporate in the third, when Griner picked up her fourth foul and sat the rest of the period. Toliver's jumper beat the buzzer to leave the Sparks trailing 66-64 heading into the fourth.

``We played well in spurts, but didn't play well enough for 40 minutes,'' Toliver said. ``We lost our composure a little bit, turned the ball over, regained it, got stops, got on the boards. It just went back and forth. We just couldn't capitalize on our last possession.''

The Sparks came in 0-for-21 from 3-point range in the series, and they finished the game 2 of 16.

The Mercury rallied from eight points down to lead 42-40 at halftime. Griner picked up her third foul and Taurasi got her second in the final 1:30 of the second quarter. Dupree, Taurasi and Bonner combined to score all of the Mercury's 23 points in the second, when they shot 73 percent.


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Mercury
Sparks
     
    • 49.3%

    • 39.4%

    • 21.4%

    • 12.5%

    • 81.8%

    • 73.1%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
PHO LAS
Total Rebounds 8 14
Offensive Rebounds 10 11
Turnovers 11 10
Fast Break Pts: 5 10
Biggest Lead: 7 8
Points in the Paint: 42 30
PHO LAS
p Dupree   22 Toliver   22
rb 2 players   6 Ogwumike   10
a Taurasi   10 2 players   3
s Taurasi   2 Toliver   3
b 3 players   1 Toliver   1
 
  • 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 37:52 8-19 3-9 0-0 +9 1 5 6 4 1 1 1 0 0 19
C. Dupree F 37:55 11-19 0-0 0-0 +7 1 3 4 1 5 1 3 1 0 22
B. Griner C 24:13 3-6 0-0 0-0 +2 2 2 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 6
B. Gilbreath G 18:29 0-1 0-1 3-4 -7 2 4 6 1 1 0 2 1 0 3
D. Taurasi G 40:00 6-15 0-4 6-6 +1 0 5 5 10 3 2 2 0 0 18
J. James   14:48 2-2 0-0 0-0 +2 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
K. Thomas   04:50 0-0 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Kizer   13:05 3-4 0-0 0-1 -5 2 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 6
A. Hornbuckle   06:43 0-0 0-0 0-0 +6 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Houston   02:05 0-1 0-0 0-0 -6 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
P. Taylor DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 33-67 3-14 9-11   10 22 32 18 20 5 11 3 1 78
  49.3% 21.4% 81.8%   team rebs: 8 total to: 12
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 23:38 2-7 0-1 3-3 -10 0 2 2 0 3 1 1 0 0 7
N. Ogwumike F 32:40 3-10 0-0 7-8 -5 2 8 10 0 3 1 2 0 0 13
C. Parker F-C 34:25 8-16 0-5 2-5 -2 3 4 7 1 2 1 1 0 1 18
K. Toliver G 33:16 9-23 1-7 3-3 +2 3 3 6 3 3 3 2 1 0 22
L. Harding G 27:46 2-6 0-0 2-4 -9 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 6
M. Coleman   20:41 2-5 0-1 1-2 +6 0 0 0 3 0 2 3 0 1 5
J. O'Hea   14:39 1-3 1-2 1-1 +8 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 4
J. Lavender   12:55 1-1 0-0 0-0 +5 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
F. Abdi DNP - Coach's Decision
E. Hoffman DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Mathies DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 28-71 2-16 19-26   11 21 32 10 13 9 10 1 3 77
  39.4% 12.5% 73.1%   team rebs: 14 total to: 10

inactive

  • Mercury: --
  • Sparks: --

technical fouls

  • Mercury: Bonner, Dupree, Taurasi
  • Sparks: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 14
  • Times Tied: 6

arena stats

  • Arena: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Officials: #45 Tom Mauer, #55 Eric Brewton, #34 Maj Forsberg
  • Attendance: 9321
  • Duration: 2:05
Phoenix Mercury (20-15) Los Angeles Sparks (24-11)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Beard vs Griner (Taurasi gains possession) 
Griner Layup Shot: Missed  09:45  
Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  09:41  
Griner Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:41
[PHO 2-0]
 
  09:28 Harding Layup Shot: Missed 
Gilbreath Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:27  
  09:21 Beard Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:09
[PHO 4-0]
 
  08:58 Ogwumike Layup Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:57  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  08:50  
  08:49 Toliver Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:41 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:40  
Griner Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Parker (1 ST)  08:32  
  08:10 Ogwumike Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
  08:07 Team Rebound 
Dupree Violation:Kicked Ball  08:06  
  07:57
[LAS 2-4]
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  07:37
[PHO 6-2]
 
Griner Foul: Defense 3 Second (0 PF)  07:23  
  07:23
[LAS 3-6]
Toliver Free Throw Technical (3 PTS) 
  07:16 Harding Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:15 Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  07:14
[LAS 5-6]
Parker Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  06:51  
  06:50 Harding Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:45
[LAS 7-6]
Harding Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  06:26  
  06:25 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:19
[LAS 10-6]
Toliver 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Parker (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:12  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  05:59  
Gilbreath Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:58  
  05:48 Toliver Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Gilbreath Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  05:48
[PHO 7-10]
 
Gilbreath Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:48  
  05:47 Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  05:36 Toliver Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  05:35  
  05:21 Parker Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  05:21
[PHO 8-10]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  05:21
[PHO 9-10]
 
  05:10 Ogwumike Layup Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:08  
Griner Jump Shot: Missed  04:56  
  04:55 Toliver Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:43 Beard Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:43 Team Rebound 
Dupree Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF)  04:43  
  04:39 Harding Jump Shot: Missed Block: Gilbreath (1 BLK) 
Gilbreath Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:37  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Gilbreath (1 AST)  04:31
[PHO 11-10]
 
  04:19
[LAS 12-11]
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  04:10  
Team Rebound  04:10  
Dupree Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  04:01
[PHO 13-12]
 
Griner Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  03:47  
  03:47
[LAS 13-13]
Ogwumike Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by James  03:47  
  03:47
[LAS 14-13]
Ogwumike Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
James Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Dupree (1 AST)  03:35
[PHO 15-14]
 
  03:18
[LAS 16-15]
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Griner Jump Shot: Missed  02:59  
Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  02:57  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST)  02:45
[PHO 17-16]
 
  02:34 Beard Foul: Offensive Charge (2 PF) 
  02:34 Beard Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
  02:34 Beard Substitution replaced by Coleman 
Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas  02:34  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  02:22  
  02:20 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Thomas Foul: Inbound (1 PF) (2 FTA)  02:17  
  02:17
[LAS 17-17]
Ogwumike Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  02:17 Ogwumike Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:16  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  01:52  
  01:36 Jump Ball Toliver vs Dupree (Harding gains possession) 
  01:27
[LAS 19-17]
Parker Driving Bank shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Toliver (1 AST) 
  01:13 Harding Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  01:13
[PHO 18-19]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  01:13
[PHO 19-19]
 
Bonner Foul: Personal (1 PF)  00:50.9  
  00:50.9 Harding Substitution replaced by O'Hea 
  00:44.7 Toliver Turnover : Discontinue Dribble (1 TO) 
Taurasi Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  00:34.3  
  00:34.3 Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Lavender 
  00:24.9 Toliver Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:23.4  
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Toliver (1 ST)  00:03.9  
  00:00.8 Parker 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
  09:40 Parker Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:39 Team Rebound 
  09:26
[LAS 21-19]
Parker Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: O'Hea (1 AST) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST)  09:03
[PHO 21-21]
 
  08:51
[LAS 23-21]
Parker Driving Bank shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Dupree Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA)  08:51  
  08:51 Parker Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
  08:50 Lavender Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  08:38 Coleman Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:37 Team Rebound 
Griner Substitution replaced by Kizer  08:37  
Taurasi Foul: Personal (1 PF)  08:29  
  08:18
[LAS 26-21]
O'Hea 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Coleman (1 AST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  07:58  
  07:57 Lavender Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:42
[LAS 28-21]
Parker Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: O'Hea (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  07:37  
Taurasi Technical  07:37  
  07:37 Lavender Substitution replaced by Ogwumike 
  07:37
[LAS 29-21]
Toliver Free Throw Technical (11 PTS) 
  07:37 Toliver Substitution replaced by Harding 
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST)  07:23
[PHO 23-29]
 
  06:56 Harding Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:55 Harding Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  06:32 Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:31 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  06:28
[LAS 31-23]
Ogwumike Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Dupree Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  06:13
[PHO 25-31]
 
  05:59 Harding Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
  05:59 Parker Substitution replaced by Lavender 
Kizer Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Coleman (1 ST)  05:47  
  05:43
[LAS 33-25]
Coleman Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  05:25
[PHO 27-33]
 
  05:16 Coleman Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST)  05:05
[PHO 29-33]
 
  04:45 Coleman Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Kizer (1 ST) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (4 AST)  04:33
[PHO 31-33]
 
  04:23 Team Timeout : Regular 
Bonner Substitution replaced by Griner  04:23  
Dupree Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle  04:23  
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Houston  04:23  
  04:23 Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Beard 
  04:23 Coleman Substitution replaced by Parker 
  04:23 O'Hea Substitution replaced by Toliver 
  04:09 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  04:08  
  03:56 Lavender Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Houston Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Toliver (2 ST)  03:41  
  03:25
[LAS 35-31]
Lavender Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harding (1 AST) 
Houston Jump Shot: Missed  03:07  
  03:06 Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Griner Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  03:01  
  03:01
[LAS 36-31]
Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Kizer Substitution replaced by Dupree  03:01  
Houston Substitution replaced by Bonner  03:01  
  03:01 Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  03:00 Lavender Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  02:55 Parker Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Taurasi (1 ST) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (5 AST)  02:47
[PHO 33-36]
 
  02:30 Beard Jump Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:29  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (6 AST)  02:23
[PHO 36-36]
 
  02:04
[LAS 38-36]
Parker Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Hornbuckle (1 AST)  01:46
[PHO 38-38]
 
Griner Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  01:30  
  01:30 Harding Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:30 Team Rebound 
Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas  01:30  
  01:30 Harding Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Team Rebound  01:29  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Hornbuckle (2 AST)  01:17
[PHO 40-38]
 
  01:06 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  01:04  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (7 AST)  00:55.5
[PHO 42-38]
 
  00:32.9 Beard Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:31.9  
  00:25.4 Toliver Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Hornbuckle Substitution replaced by James  00:25.4  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  00:05.9  
  00:04.9 Team Rebound 
Taurasi Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (2 FTA)  00:04.9  
  00:04.9
[LAS 39-42]
Beard Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  00:04.9
[LAS 40-42]
Beard Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  00:02.1  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (20-15) Los Angeles Sparks (24-11)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
  09:39 Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 
Gilbreath Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  09:38  
Dupree Driving Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (8 AST)  09:21
[PHO 44-40]
 
  09:03 Parker Layup Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  09:02  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS)  08:49
[PHO 47-40]
 
  08:49 Team Timeout : Regular 
Gilbreath Foul: Personal (1 PF)  08:37  
  08:28 Toliver Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:27 Toliver Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  08:15
[LAS 42-47]
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Bonner Jump Bank Shot: Made (12 PTS)  07:52
[PHO 49-42]
 
Bonner Technical  07:52  
  07:52
[LAS 43-49]
Toliver Free Throw Technical (14 PTS) 
  07:36 Toliver Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:35  
Dupree Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Ogwumike (1 ST)  07:30  
Griner Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA)  07:29  
  07:29
[LAS 44-49]
Ogwumike Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Griner Substitution replaced by Kizer  07:29  
  07:29
[LAS 45-49]
Ogwumike Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Kizer Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (9 AST)  07:17
[PHO 51-45]
 
Kizer Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  07:01  
  07:01 Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:01 Team Rebound 
  07:01
[LAS 46-51]
Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
Bonner Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Beard (1 ST)  06:47  
  06:41
[LAS 48-51]
Parker Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Toliver (2 AST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  06:26  
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  06:25  
  06:24 Ogwumike Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  06:09  
  06:08 Team Rebound 
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by James  06:08  
  05:59
[LAS 50-51]
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:49  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  05:30  
Kizer Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  05:29  
Kizer Layup Shot: Missed Block: Toliver (1 BLK)  05:27  
Kizer Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  05:24  
Kizer Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  05:23
[PHO 53-50]
 
  05:14 Ogwumike Foul: Offensive Charge (2 PF) 
  05:14 Ogwumike Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Taurasi Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Bonner (2 AST)  05:04
[PHO 55-50]
 
  04:45 Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:44 Toliver Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  04:42 Toliver Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Bonner Running Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS)  04:20
[PHO 57-50]
 
  04:07
[LAS 52-57]
Beard Running Bank shot: Made (4 PTS) 
James Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  04:07  
  04:07 Harding Substitution replaced by Coleman 
  04:07
[LAS 53-57]
Beard Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  03:55  
  03:53 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  03:43
[LAS 55-57]
Beard Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Toliver (3 AST) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS)  03:16
[PHO 60-55]
 
  03:05 Toliver Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  03:03  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS)  02:55
[PHO 62-55]
 
  02:37 Parker Layup Shot: Missed Block: Dupree (1 BLK) 
  02:37 Team Rebound 
James Substitution replaced by Gilbreath  02:37  
  02:30 Toliver Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:28 Toliver Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  02:16 Beard 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:16 Team Rebound 
Kizer Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (2 FTA)  02:16  
  02:16
[LAS 56-62]
Ogwumike Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  02:16
[LAS 57-62]
Ogwumike Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Kizer Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Bonner (3 AST)  01:55
[PHO 64-57]
 
  01:55 Parker Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) 
  01:55 Parker Substitution replaced by Lavender 
  01:55 Beard Substitution replaced by O'Hea 
Kizer Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  01:55  
  01:55 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  01:44 Toliver Layup Shot: Missed 
Gilbreath Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  01:43  
Dupree Turnover : Poss Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO) Steal:Coleman (2 ST)  01:40  
  01:38 Coleman Turnover : Poss Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO) Steal:Dupree (1 ST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  01:36  
  01:35 Lavender Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  01:26
[LAS 59-64]
Coleman Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Gilbreath 3pt Shot: Missed  01:08  
  01:07 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  00:59.6
[LAS 61-64]
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  00:44.9  
Gilbreath Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  00:42.9  
  00:42.9 Toliver Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Gilbreath Free Throw 1 of 2 (2 PTS)  00:42.9
[PHO 65-61]
 
Dupree Substitution replaced by Thomas  00:42.9  
Bonner Substitution replaced by Houston  00:42.9  
Gilbreath Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  00:42.9
[PHO 66-61]
 
  00:34.9 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  00:32.8  
Gilbreath Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Toliver (3 ST)  00:29.0  
  00:29.0 Jump Ball Toliver vs Gilbreath (Coleman gains possession) 
Houston Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA)  00:27.6  
  00:27.6 Coleman Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:27.6 Team Rebound 
  00:27.6
[LAS 62-66]
Coleman Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Gilbreath Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:O'Hea (1 ST)  00:05.9  
  00:01.7 Coleman Layup Shot: Missed Block: Houston (1 BLK) 
  00:01.7 Team Rebound 
  00:00.6
[LAS 64-66]
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Coleman (2 AST) 
End of 3rd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (20-15) Los Angeles Sparks (24-11)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
  09:49 Ogwumike Foul: Shooting Block (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS)  09:49
[PHO 67-64]
 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS)  09:49
[PHO 68-64]
 
Hornbuckle Foul: Personal (1 PF)  09:32  
  09:26
[LAS 66-68]
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  08:59  
Hornbuckle Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:58  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  08:52  
  08:51 Toliver Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
Dupree Foul: Personal (3 PF)  08:44  
  08:33 Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  08:31  
Bonner Layup Shot: Missed  08:21  
  08:20 O'Hea Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:09 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:07  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  07:59  
Team Rebound  07:58  
  07:56 Lavender Substitution replaced by Parker 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  07:48  
  07:47 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  07:32 O'Hea Jump Shot: Missed 
Hornbuckle Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  07:30  
Team Timeout : Regular  07:15  
Hornbuckle Substitution replaced by James  07:15  
  07:15 Toliver Substitution replaced by Harding 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  07:12  
  07:10 Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  07:03 Coleman 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:01 Parker Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  06:57 O'Hea 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  06:56  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  06:30  
Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  06:29  
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:27
[PHO 70-66]
 
  06:05
[LAS 68-70]
Ogwumike Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Coleman (3 AST) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS)  05:46
[PHO 72-68]
 
  05:30
[LAS 70-72]
Ogwumike Hook Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Dupree Foul: Offensive (4 PF)  05:21  
Dupree Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  05:21  
Dupree Technical  05:21  
  05:21
[LAS 71-72]
O'Hea Free Throw Technical (4 PTS) 
  05:21 O'Hea Substitution replaced by Beard 
Taurasi Foul: Personal (3 PF)  05:03  
  04:55
[LAS 73-72]
Harding Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
  04:39 Beard Foul: Personal Block (3 PF) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  04:27  
  04:26 Parker Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  04:18 Beard Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:17 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  04:13 Ogwumike Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Taurasi (2 ST) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  03:53  
  03:52 Beard Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:45 Harding Substitution replaced by Toliver 
  03:37 Ogwumike Layup Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:35  
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS)  03:27
[PHO 74-73]
 
  03:02 Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  03:00  
  03:00 Jump Ball Beard vs Bonner (Dupree gains possession) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  02:36  
  02:35 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
  02:26 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  02:24  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  02:18  
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  02:16  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  01:53  
  01:52 Beard Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  01:39 Toliver Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  01:37  
  01:37  
  01:37 Beard Substitution replaced by Harding 
  01:37 Coleman Substitution replaced by O'Hea 
James Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (10 AST)  01:14
[PHO 76-73]
 
  00:50.9 Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:49.8 Parker Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
Dupree Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (2 FTA)  00:36.3  
  00:36.3
[LAS 74-76]
Harding Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  00:36.3
[LAS 75-76]
Harding Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  00:11.8  
  00:10.3 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:2 Def:8) 
  00:10.3 Team Timeout : Regular 
Bonner Substitution replaced by Thomas  00:10.3  
James Substitution replaced by Gilbreath  00:10.3  
  00:07.0
[LAS 77-76]
Parker Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:07.0  
Thomas Substitution replaced by Bonner  00:07.0  
Team Timeout : Short  00:07.0  
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Bonner (4 AST)  00:04.9
[PHO 78-77]
 
  00:04.9 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:02.0 Parker 3pt 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