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Posted Sep 27 2013 12:16AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Lynx are hard enough to defend on most nights. When all three of their Olympians are clicking, they're close to unstoppable.

Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore scored 20 points apiece and Seimone Augustus added 18 to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 85-62 win in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night.

Diana Taurasi scored 15 and Brittney Griner had 13 points and six rebounds for the Mercury, who face a must-win situation in Game 2 in Phoenix on Sunday.

Taurasi, who won a gold medal in London with Augustus, Whalen and Moore, knows all too well how explosive Minnesota's Big 3 can be. On Thursday they combined to hit 25 of 42 shots from the field as the Lynx bull-dozed the Mercury in every phase of the game.

``Usually teams have one guard or two guards who can go off,'' Taurasi said. ``I've played on teams that have three guards who can go off. Those teams are hard to stop.''

Both teams started out cold, but Minnesota recovered quickly and turned the first half into a mismatch. After hitting just one of their first six field goal attempts, the Lynx made 16 of their next 23 shots, while Phoenix was just 9 for 37 (24.3 percent) for the half.

Whalen, a first-team all-WNBA pick, scored just 13 points in Minnesota's two-game sweep of Seattle in the conference semifinals. The changed Thursday when she hit her first five shots and finished the first half 7 for 10 for 14 points, one of three Lynx in double figures before halftime. She finished the game with six rebounds and five assists - team highs in both categories.

``I thought she had a little more bounce in her step, and any time Lindsay struggles in a series you can bet she's going to come out the next series and really assert herself, and she did just that for us,'' Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.

Minnesota has won all six meetings with the Mercury this season, but the teams hadn't played since July 24. The Mercury went 9-4 down the stretch after naming Russ Pennell their interim head coach, and after his first up-close look at the Lynx, he's not ready to wave the white flag.

``Sometimes you kind of get something in your head that maybe isn't true, and if you think about it long enough, you'll think it's true,'' Pennell said. ``I want to make sure they understand that Minnesota is beatable. But we're going to have to get out of our own way and . focus on what we do. ``

The Mercury advanced to the conference finals by upsetting second-seeded Los Angeles, winning both road games in their best-of-three semifinal series. But they quickly discovered that the Lynx were going to be a tougher out.

Minnesota's 12-2 playoff record at Target Center is the best postseason home-court advantage in WNBA history, and the Lynx swept Phoenix in the conference finals en route to winning the 2011 league title.

After losing last year's finals to Indiana, the Lynx are hoping for another shot at the title. On Thursday they followed a good formula for getting a second ring.

``We make sure we're sharing the ball, taking the best shot possible and not having any wasted possessions,'' Whalen said. ``That's pretty much what we tried to do the whole night tonight.''


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Mercury
Lynx
     
    • 34.3%

    • 53.1%

    • 11.1%

    • 18.2%

    • 92.3%

    • 75.0%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
PHO MIN
Total Rebounds 8 5
Offensive Rebounds 11 6
Turnovers 18 14
Fast Break Pts: 2 20
Biggest Lead: 2 31
Points in the Paint: 32 34
PHO MIN
p Taurasi   15 2 players   20
rb Griner   6 Whalen   6
a 2 players   3 Whalen   5
s Hornbuckle   3 Moore   3
b 3 players   1 2 players   2
 
  • 06/06 - PHO 79 @ MIN 99
  • 06/19 - MIN 80 @ PHO 69
  • 07/07 - PHO 59 @ MIN 91
  • 07/21 - MIN 82 @ PHO 77
  • 07/24 - PHO 69 @ MIN 81
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 27:15 2-11 0-6 0-0 -25 2 3 5 3 1 1 3 0 1 4
C. Dupree F 29:46 1-6 0-0 2-2 -22 0 5 5 3 1 0 2 0 1 4
B. Griner C 22:58 6-12 0-0 1-1 -17 4 2 6 1 2 0 2 1 2 13
B. Gilbreath G 21:19 1-4 0-0 0-0 -21 1 0 1 2 1 2 2 0 1 2
D. Taurasi G 30:28 4-14 1-6 6-6 -24 0 4 4 2 5 1 4 1 2 15
K. Thomas   17:02 1-2 0-0 1-2 -6 2 3 5 0 1 0 1 1 0 3
J. James   13:45 1-4 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 2
L. Kizer   10:14 1-3 0-0 0-0 -1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
A. Hornbuckle   14:50 3-6 0-3 2-2 +3 2 1 3 1 3 3 2 0 0 8
C. Houston   12:23 4-8 1-3 0-0 -1 0 3 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 9
P. Taylor DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 24-70 2-18 12-13   11 22 33 14 18 9 18 3 7 62
  34.3% 11.1% 92.3%   team rebs: 8 total to: 19
Minnesota Lynx (26-8)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Moore F 30:55 8-14 1-6 3-3 +23 4 1 5 3 0 3 1 1 0 20
R. Brunson F 29:44 1-2 0-0 4-4 +28 0 5 5 2 1 0 1 2 0 6
J. McCarville F-C 22:07 1-3 0-0 0-0 +11 0 4 4 1 4 1 1 2 0 2
S. Augustus G-F 28:24 7-13 0-0 4-4 +26 0 5 5 1 2 2 1 1 0 18
L. Whalen G 27:27 10-15 0-0 0-1 +29 0 6 6 5 2 1 2 0 0 20
M. Wright   19:52 4-8 1-3 2-4 +8 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 11
D. Peters   19:51 2-4 0-0 0-0 +10 0 5 5 0 1 0 1 1 2 4
L. Moore   09:09 0-1 0-1 0-0 -6 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 0 0 0
R. Jarry   05:40 0-2 0-0 1-2 -6 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
A. Harris   04:55 1-1 0-0 0-0 -5 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
S. Rodgers   01:56 0-1 0-1 1-2 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total   200 34-64 2-11 15-20   6 30 36 13 13 8 14 7 3 85
  53.1% 18.2% 75.0%   team rebs: 5 total to: 14

inactive

  • Mercury: --
  • Lynx: --

technical fouls

  • Mercury: --
  • Lynx: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 2
  • Times Tied: 2

arena stats

  • Arena: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Officials: #8 Daryl Humphrey, #4 Sue Blauch, #45 Tom Mauer
  • Attendance: 9013
  • Duration: 1:48
Phoenix Mercury (19-16) Minnesota Lynx (27-8)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Brunson vs Griner (Taurasi gains possession) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  09:38  
  09:37 McCarville Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:34 Whalen Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  09:24  
  09:23 Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:17 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:15  
Gilbreath Jump Shot: Missed  09:02  
  09:00 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:55 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:54  
Griner Jump Shot: Missed  08:41  
Gilbreath Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:40  
Gilbreath Layup Shot: Missed Block: Moore (1 BLK)  08:38  
  08:36 Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:27
[MIN 2-0]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Whalen (1 AST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  08:12  
  08:11 McCarville Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:01 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:59  
Taurasi Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:51
[PHO 2-2]
 
  07:28 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  07:27  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Dupree (1 AST)  07:14
[PHO 4-2]
 
Griner Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  07:02  
  07:02
[MIN 3-4]
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  07:02
[MIN 4-4]
Brunson Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  06:42  
  06:41 McCarville Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  06:26 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:24  
  06:19 Whalen Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Griner Jump Shot: Missed  06:08  
  06:07 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:56
[MIN 6-4]
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: McCarville (1 AST) 
Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Moore (1 ST)  05:52  
  05:48
[MIN 8-4]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Moore (1 AST) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  05:35  
Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  05:34  
Griner Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST)  05:26
[PHO 6-8]
 
  05:08
[MIN 10-6]
Whalen Pullup Jump shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Gilbreath Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Griner (1 AST)  04:53
[PHO 8-10]
 
  04:39 Augustus Driving Jump shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:38  
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Moore (2 ST)  04:32  
  04:28
[MIN 12-8]
Moore Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Griner Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  04:09  
  04:09  
  04:09 Moore Substitution replaced by Wright 
  03:59 Augustus Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Taurasi (1 ST) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  03:53  
  03:50 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:38
[MIN 14-8]
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Gilbreath (1 AST)  03:14
[PHO 10-14]
 
  02:57
[MIN 16-10]
Whalen Pullup Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Augustus (1 BLK)  02:29  
  02:27 McCarville Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Taurasi Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  02:24  
  02:24
[MIN 17-10]
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas  02:24  
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by James  02:24  
  02:24 McCarville Substitution replaced by Peters 
  02:24
[MIN 18-10]
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  02:11  
Thomas Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  02:09  
Thomas Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  02:07
[PHO 12-18]
 
  01:53
[MIN 20-12]
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed Block: Peters (1 BLK)  01:41  
Team Rebound  01:41  
  01:41 Augustus Substitution replaced by Moore 
  01:41 Jump Ball Peters vs Dupree (Taurasi gains possession) 
  01:30 Wright Foul: Inbound (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  01:30
[PHO 13-20]
 
Dupree Substitution replaced by Kizer  01:30  
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  01:30
[PHO 14-20]
 
  01:17 Whalen Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
  01:16 Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  01:13
[MIN 22-14]
Moore Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  00:55.9  
  00:54.9 Peters Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:48.0
[MIN 24-14]
Moore Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Whalen (2 AST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  00:31.9  
Thomas Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  00:28.8  
Kizer Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST)  00:09.5
[PHO 16-24]
 
  00:00.9 Whalen Jump Shot: Missed 
Kizer Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:00.3  
End of 1st Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (19-16) Minnesota Lynx (27-8)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
  09:48
[MIN 26-16]
Moore Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Kizer Jump Shot: Missed  09:25  
  09:24 Peters Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:03
[MIN 28-16]
Whalen Pullup Jump shot: Made (12 PTS) 
James Jump Shot: Missed  08:42  
  08:41 Peters Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:28
[MIN 30-16]
Peters Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Moore (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  08:27  
James Substitution replaced by Taurasi  08:27  
Kizer Substitution replaced by Dupree  08:27  
Thomas Substitution replaced by Griner  08:27  
  08:27 Peters Substitution replaced by Brunson 
  08:27 Whalen Substitution replaced by Wright 
Griner Jump Shot: Missed  08:11  
  08:10 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:08 Brunson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST) 
Gilbreath Jump Shot: Missed  07:56  
  07:55 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:37 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  07:35  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  07:20  
Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  07:18  
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:16
[PHO 18-30]
 
  06:49
[MIN 32-18]
Moore Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  06:35  
  06:34 Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:17 McCarville Layup Shot: Missed 
  06:13 Team Rebound 
Bonner Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle  06:13  
  06:13 Wright Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Gilbreath (1 ST) 
  06:13 Jump Ball Wright vs Gilbreath 
Hornbuckle 3pt Shot: Missed  05:48  
Team Rebound  05:47  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  05:47  
  05:35
[MIN 34-18]
Augustus Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed Block: McCarville (1 BLK)  05:20  
  05:18 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  05:13 Wright 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:11  
  05:03 McCarville Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  05:03
[PHO 19-34]
 
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by James  05:03  
Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas  05:03  
  05:03 Wright Substitution replaced by Whalen 
  05:03 McCarville Substitution replaced by Peters 
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  05:03
[PHO 20-34]
 
  04:41
[MIN 36-20]
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
James Floating Jump shot: Missed  04:21  
  04:20 Peters Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  04:06 Peters Layup Shot: Missed Block: Taurasi (1 BLK) 
Thomas Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  04:05  
Hornbuckle Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST)  04:00
[PHO 22-36]
 
  03:42 Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Hornbuckle (1 ST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  03:36  
  03:33 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  03:17
[MIN 38-22]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:14  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Houston  03:14  
James Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  03:05  
  02:52 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Houston Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:50  
James Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Augustus (1 ST)  02:42  
Houston Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  02:37  
  02:37
[MIN 39-22]
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
James Substitution replaced by Taurasi  02:37  
Hornbuckle Substitution replaced by Bonner  02:37  
  02:37
[MIN 40-22]
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Dupree Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Whalen (1 ST)  02:24  
  02:19
[MIN 42-22]
Peters Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Whalen (3 AST) 
Taurasi Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  02:00  
  01:46 Augustus Jump Shot: Missed 
Thomas Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  01:44  
Houston Jump Shot: Missed  01:36  
  01:35 Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  01:17 Peters Jump Shot: Missed Block: Thomas (1 BLK) 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:16  
Dupree Driving Layup Shot: Missed  00:59.9  
  00:58.7 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Taurasi Foul: Personal (2 PF)  00:45.5  
  00:45.5 Augustus Substitution replaced by Wright 
Thomas Substitution replaced by Griner  00:45.5  
  00:35.9 Wright Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
  00:31.9 Moore Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  00:08.9 Whalen Layup Shot: Missed 
  00:07.9 Wright Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  00:06.6 Wright Jump Shot: Missed Block: Griner (1 BLK) 
  00:02.9 Moore Rebound (Off:3 Def:0) 
  00:01.1
[MIN 45-22]
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.3  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (19-16) Minnesota Lynx (27-8)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
  09:46
[MIN 47-22]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Whalen (4 AST) 
Griner Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Gilbreath (2 AST)  09:29
[PHO 24-47]
 
  09:11
[MIN 49-24]
Whalen Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Missed  08:59  
Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  08:58  
Griner Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  08:58
[PHO 26-49]
 
  08:58 McCarville Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) 
Griner Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS)  08:58
[PHO 27-49]
 
  08:41
[MIN 51-27]
McCarville Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Brunson (1 AST) 
Dupree Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:26
[PHO 29-51]
 
  08:08 Whalen Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  08:06  
  07:59 Brunson Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Bonner Foul: Offensive (1 PF)  07:48  
Bonner Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  07:48  
  07:39
[MIN 53-29]
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  07:29  
  07:27 Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  07:21 Whalen Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Gilbreath (2 ST) 
Gilbreath Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  07:15  
  07:01 McCarville Jump Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  07:00  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed Block: Brunson (1 BLK)  06:54  
  06:52 Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  06:47
[MIN 55-29]
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Moore (3 AST) 
Taurasi Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Bonner (2 AST)  06:29
[PHO 31-55]
 
  06:11
[MIN 57-31]
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Augustus (1 AST) 
Griner Jump Shot: Missed Block: McCarville (2 BLK)  05:57  
  05:55 Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Taurasi Foul: Personal (3 PF)  05:55  
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle  05:55  
  05:40 McCarville Foul: Offensive (3 PF) 
  05:40 McCarville Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Griner Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  05:24  
Hornbuckle Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  05:08  
  05:08
[MIN 58-31]
Moore Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  05:08
[MIN 59-31]
Moore Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS) 
Taurasi Driving Jump shot: Missed  04:52  
Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  04:50  
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  04:49
[PHO 33-59]
 
  04:27 Whalen Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  04:26  
Hornbuckle 3pt Shot: Missed  04:19  
Griner Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  04:17  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Bonner (3 AST)  04:12
[PHO 36-59]
 
  03:50
[MIN 61-36]
Augustus Driving Jump shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Missed  03:41  
  03:39 Moore Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
Taurasi Foul: Personal (4 PF)  03:29  
  03:29  
Bonner Substitution replaced by Houston  03:29  
Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas  03:29  
  03:29 Whalen Substitution replaced by Moore 
  03:29 McCarville Substitution replaced by Peters 
  03:29 Augustus Substitution replaced by Wright 
  03:16 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  03:15  
Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  02:59  
Hornbuckle Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  02:51  
  02:51
[MIN 62-36]
Wright Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  02:51 Wright Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  02:51  
Hornbuckle Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  02:48  
Thomas Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  02:30  
  02:30
[MIN 63-36]
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  02:30
[MIN 64-36]
Brunson Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Taurasi Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO)  02:20  
  02:07 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Hornbuckle Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:05  
  02:03 Moore Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
  02:03 Brunson Substitution replaced by McCarville 
Taurasi Substitution replaced by James  02:03  
Houston 3pt Shot: Missed  01:47  
Hornbuckle Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  01:46  
Hornbuckle Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  01:44
[PHO 38-64]
 
  01:31 Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Dupree Substitution replaced by Kizer  01:31  
Hornbuckle Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Moore (1 ST)  01:11  
Houston Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  01:08  
  01:08 Wright Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:08 Team Rebound 
  01:08
[MIN 65-38]
Wright Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Houston Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  00:47.0
[PHO 40-65]
 
  00:32.0 Moore 3pt Shot: Missed 
Houston Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:30.9  
Houston Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  00:21.8
[PHO 42-65]
 
  00:04.9 Wright 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:02.9 Moore Rebound (Off:4 Def:1) 
  00:02.1
[MIN 67-42]
Moore Putback Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS) 
Houston 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.3  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 3rd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (19-16) Minnesota Lynx (27-8)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
Griner Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Dupree (2 AST)  09:43
[PHO 44-67]
 
  09:28 Peters Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
  09:12 McCarville Foul: Personal (4 PF) 
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:McCarville (1 ST)  09:08  
  09:00 Wright Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
  09:00 McCarville Substitution replaced by Brunson 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  08:49  
  08:48 Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  08:33
[MIN 70-44]
Wright 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Brunson (2 AST) 
  08:18 Foul : Double Personal - Augustus (1 PF), Taurasi (5 PF) 
  08:18 Peters Substitution replaced by Moore 
Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Moore (3 ST)  08:17  
  08:15
[MIN 72-44]
Moore Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) 
Dupree Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  08:15  
  08:15
[MIN 73-44]
Moore Free Throw 1 of 1 (20 PTS) 
Gilbreath Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Augustus (2 ST)  08:01  
  07:55
[MIN 75-44]
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) 
Griner Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA)  07:55  
  07:55 Whalen Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  07:54  
Team Timeout : Regular  07:50  
Griner Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Dupree (3 AST)  07:38
[PHO 46-75]
 
  07:23 Moore Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  07:22  
  07:06 Whalen Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Dupree Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  07:06
[PHO 47-75]
 
Dupree Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  07:06
[PHO 48-75]
 
  06:47
[MIN 77-48]
Wright Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Griner Jump Shot: Missed Block: Brunson (2 BLK)  06:35  
  06:34 Team Rebound 
  06:19 Brunson Jump Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:17  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  06:08  
Griner Rebound (Off:4 Def:2)  06:06  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  06:03  
  06:02 Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  05:58
[MIN 79-48]
Wright Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Whalen (5 AST) 
  05:40 Augustus Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS)  05:40
[PHO 49-79]
 
  05:40 Whalen Substitution replaced by Moore 
  05:40 Augustus Substitution replaced by Jarry 
  05:40 Brunson Substitution replaced by Peters 
Bonner Substitution replaced by Kizer  05:40  
Dupree Substitution replaced by Houston  05:40  
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS)  05:40
[PHO 50-79]
 
  05:26 Jarry Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Houston (1 ST) 
Houston Jump Shot: Missed  05:20  
  05:19 Peters Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
Gilbreath Foul: Personal (1 PF)  05:19  
Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas  05:19  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by James  05:19  
Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle  05:19  
  05:06 Jarry Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:James (1 ST) 
  04:55 Peters Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Thomas Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  04:55
[PHO 51-79]
 
  04:55 Moore Substitution replaced by Harris 
Thomas Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  04:55  
  04:55 Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:36
[MIN 81-51]
Harris Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Moore (1 AST) 
  04:13 Moore Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Hornbuckle Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  04:13
[PHO 52-81]
 
Hornbuckle Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  04:13
[PHO 53-81]
 
  03:56 Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Hornbuckle (2 ST) 
Kizer Jump Shot: Missed  03:46  
  03:43 Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Kizer Foul: Personal (1 PF)  03:43  
  03:23
[MIN 83-53]
Wright Driving Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Houston Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: James (1 AST)  03:01
[PHO 55-83]
 
  02:43 Harris Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Hornbuckle (3 ST) 
Hornbuckle Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  02:34
[PHO 57-83]
 
  02:09 Jarry Jump Shot: Missed 
Houston Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:08  
Thomas Turnover : 3 Second Violation (1 TO)  01:56  
  01:56 Team Timeout : Regular 
  01:56 Wright Substitution replaced by Rodgers 
Hornbuckle Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  01:41  
  01:41 Rodgers Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:41 Team Rebound 
  01:41
[MIN 84-57]
Rodgers Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Hornbuckle 3pt Shot: Missed  01:30  
Team Rebound  01:28  
Thomas Jump Shot: Missed  01:25  
Hornbuckle Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  01:24  
James Jump Shot: Missed  01:21  
  01:18 Harris Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Houston Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA)  01:15  
  01:15 Jarry Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:15 Team Rebound 
  01:15
[MIN 85-57]
Jarry Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
James Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Hornbuckle (1 AST)  01:03
[PHO 59-85]
 
  00:44.9 Jarry Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Thomas Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  00:43.8  
Houston 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: James (2 AST)  00:36.3
[PHO 62-85]
 
  00:22.9 Rodgers 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:21.9 Jarry Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- ESPN 2 National 9:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
PHO
3rd West
19
15
6-4
10-7
9-8
MIN
1st West
26
8
8-2
15-2
11-6
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
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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Mercury Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .453 .
FT% .811 .
Points 79.7 NaN
Rebounds 35.1 NaN
Assists 16.9 NaN
Steals 6.0 NaN
Blocks 5.1 NaN
3-Point % .303 .
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 2
Minnesota Lynx (2-0)
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Phoenix Mercury (0-2)
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