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Lynx sweep Mercury, advance to 3rd straight finals


By AL BRAVO
Posted Sep 29 2013 9:01PM

PHOENIX (AP) Minnesota is headed back to a familiar place - the WNBA finals.

Maya Moore scored 27 points, Seimone Augustus had 22, and the Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 72-65 Sunday to advance with a sweep in the best-of-three WNBA Western Conference finals. It's the third straight season that Minnesota has reached the championship round.

``It's really fun but it's still not the ultimate prize,'' said Moore, who is averaging 21.5 points in the playoffs. ``We definitely appreciate where we are, we're going to enjoy it for a couple of days but it's still the same focus, the same determination, I think even more so than year one.''

Minnesota will open the finals on Oct. 6 at home against Atlanta, which completed its sweep of Indiana earlier Sunday. It's a rematch of the 2011 championship in which the Lynx swept Atlanta in three games.

Diana Taurasi had 21 points for Phoenix, but was 6 of 21 from the field. Candice Dupree added 17 points, while No. 1 draft pick Brittney Griner was held to six points and 10 rebounds.

Minnesota beat Phoenix 85-62 in Game 1 on Thursday.

``I know I had a tough task with guarding Diana Taurasi, and we kind of alternated defenders on her, just to give her a mix,'' said Augustus. ``But the team bought into the defensive scheme that we wanted to try apply for this series and for this game. We created a lot of havoc on that end.''

Phoenix committed 13 turnovers, leading to 12 Lynx points and never seemed to get its offense flowing, shooting just 37 percent from the field.

``That is obviously the goal,'' said Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve. ``We pegged a few things after game one that we thought we needed to do better, that we thought Phoenix would identify and go at us in that area.''

Taurasi said the Mercury offense suffered particularly in the third quarter, when Phoenix erased the deficit but never got the lead.

``They didn't do anything different, sometimes it comes down to making shots, making sure you are making the right plays,'' Taurasi said. ``Today, as a group, we didn't make enough of those plays to get quality shots and that hurt us.''

Minnesota led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter, but Taurasi hit a 3-pointer and another basket to cut the lead to 69-63 with 1:24 remaining. Dupree got loose for a layup with 33 seconds left to get Phoenix within 69-65.

``I thought what we did was we settled for the easy things,'' said coach Russ Pennell, who went 9-4 in the regular season after taking over for the fired Corey Gaines and then 2-3 in the playoffs. ``Again, maybe that's their defense doing it, but we didn't have any problem moving the ball, we didn't have a problem getting to our spots. We shot the ball incredibly poor, but I think a lot of that was we took ill-advised shots.''

The Lynx, who won eight of nine at the end of regular season, have won all four of their playoff games in the postseason, winning by an average of 12 points a game.

Minnesota won all seven meetings with the Mercury this year and has beaten Phoenix 14 straight times dating to 2011.

The Lynx advanced despite missing 12 free throws and the Mercury holding Lindsay Whalen to three points on 1-for-12 shooting. Whalen had 20 points in Game 1.

Minnesota ran off seven straight points after Phoenix had tied it 41-all with 7:45 left in the third quarter and went into the final period with a 53-45 lead.

Griner, after hitting two quick shots in the first two minutes, was held to 3-of-6 shooting in 32 minutes.

The Mercury made a concerted effort on the glass, starting the game by outrebounding Minnesota 8-1 in the first five minutes and grabbing an early 15-9 lead. Phoenix led 21-19 after the first quarter.

Minnesota scored the first nine points of the second quarter and opened up a 38-29 advantage after Augustus hit a 3 with 1:46 remaining. But Dupree scored the last four points for Phoenix and the Mercury got within 38-35 at the break. Augustus had 14 points and Moore 13 for Minnesota in the first half.


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Lynx
Mercury
     
    • 43.5%

    • 36.8%

    • 42.9%

    • 9.5%

    • 55.6%

    • 86.7%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
MIN PHO
Total Rebounds 10 4
Offensive Rebounds 6 10
Turnovers 6 12
Fast Break Pts: 12 6
Biggest Lead: 13 6
Points in the Paint: 20 32
MIN PHO
p Moore   27 Taurasi   21
rb Brunson   14 Griner   10
a Whalen   7 Taurasi   6
s McCarville   2 4 players   1
b 2 players   1 3 players   1
 
  • 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
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 32:58 12-22 2-6 1-2 +11 1 2 3 0 4 0 3 0 1 27
R. Brunson F 36:10 1-3 0-0 2-4 +4 1 13 14 1 3 0 1 0 0 4
J. McCarville F-C 25:44 1-3 0-0 4-6 +16 1 4 5 5 2 2 0 1 0 6
S. Augustus G-F 33:33 8-13 1-1 5-9 -3 0 5 5 0 1 1 0 1 0 22
L. Whalen G 33:07 1-12 0-0 1-2 +3 1 3 4 7 1 1 0 0 2 3
D. Peters   12:32 1-3 0-0 0-0 -4 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
M. Wright   25:56 3-6 0-0 2-4 +8 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 0 0 8
A. Harris   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Jarry   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Moore   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Rodgers   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   200 27-62 3-7 15-27   6 29 35 14 14 6 6 2 3 72
  43.5% 42.9% 55.6%   team rebs: 10 total to: 7
Phoenix Mercury (19-15)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
D. Bonner G-F 35:33 4-15 0-6 4-4 -6 1 2 3 5 1 0 2 1 1 12
C. Dupree F 35:05 8-13 0-0 1-2 -11 1 6 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 17
B. Griner C 32:41 3-6 0-0 0-0 -4 3 7 10 0 4 1 1 0 1 6
B. Gilbreath G 24:20 2-5 0-2 1-2 -1 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 5
D. Taurasi G 38:30 6-21 2-10 7-7 -5 2 7 9 6 4 1 5 0 0 21
J. James   01:19 0-0 0-0 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Thomas   07:19 1-1 0-0 0-0 -3 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
L. Kizer   04:55 0-0 0-0 0-0 +4 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. Hornbuckle   15:51 0-4 0-1 0-0 -3 1 3 4 2 6 1 2 1 0 0
C. Houston   04:27 1-3 0-2 0-0 -1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
P. Taylor   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   200 25-68 2-21 13-15   10 33 43 14 21 4 12 3 2 65
  36.8% 9.5% 86.7%   team rebs: 4 total to: 13

inactive

  • Lynx: --
  • Mercury: --

technical fouls

  • Lynx: --
  • Mercury: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 3
  • Times Tied: 4

arena stats

  • Arena: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Officials: #18 Kurt Walker, #39 Michael Price, #9 Denise Brooks
  • Attendance: 8020
  • Duration: 2:02
Minnesota Lynx (26-8) Phoenix Mercury (19-15)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Griner vs Brunson (Taurasi gains possession) 
  09:43
[PHO 2-0]
Dupree Jump Bank Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  09:25  
  09:23 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:16 Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
McCarville Jump Shot: Missed  08:54  
  08:52 Gilbreath Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:36 Bonner Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:35 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  08:33
[PHO 4-0]
Griner Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
McCarville Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Whalen (1 AST)  08:20
[MIN 2-4]
 
  08:03
[PHO 6-2]
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST) 
Whalen Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  07:37  
  07:34 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:18 Griner Turnaround Bank shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:15  
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS)  07:11
[MIN 5-6]
 
McCarville Foul: Personal (1 PF)  06:54  
McCarville Substitution replaced by Peters  06:54  
  06:47 Griner Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
  06:37 Taurasi Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Whalen (2 AST)  06:30
[MIN 7-6]
 
Moore Foul: Personal (1 PF)  06:16  
  06:11 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:09 Gilbreath Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  06:02
[PHO 9-7]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Peters Jump Shot: Missed  05:39  
  05:37 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  05:24 Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  05:22 Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  05:21
[PHO 11-7]
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Moore Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS)  05:02
[MIN 9-11]
 
  04:58 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Augustus (1 ST) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  04:47  
  04:45 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Moore Foul: Personal (2 PF)  04:44  
  04:44  
Moore Substitution replaced by Wright  04:44  
  04:27 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:25 Team Rebound 
Wright Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  04:19  
  04:19
[PHO 12-9]
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  04:19
[PHO 13-9]
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  04:05  
  04:02 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:56
[PHO 15-9]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  03:37  
Peters Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  03:35  
Peters Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:35
[MIN 11-15]
 
  03:23 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:21  
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  03:04  
  03:02 Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Peters Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA)  02:55  
  02:55
[PHO 16-11]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  02:55 Gilbreath Substitution replaced by James 
  02:55
[PHO 17-11]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  02:46 James Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Wright Jump Bank Shot: Missed  02:29  
Team Rebound  02:27  
Team 5 Sec Inbound Turnover :   02:27  
Whalen Substitution replaced by Moore  02:27  
  02:12 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Peters Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  02:11  
Wright Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  02:00
[MIN 13-17]
 
  02:00 Griner Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
Brunson Substitution replaced by McCarville  02:00  
  02:00 Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas 
Wright Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS)  02:00
[MIN 14-17]
 
  01:42 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:40  
  01:36 Taurasi Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (3 FTA) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 3 (3 PTS)  01:36
[MIN 15-17]
 
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 3 Missed  01:36  
Team Rebound  01:36  
  01:36 James Substitution replaced by Gilbreath 
Augustus Free Throw 3 of 3 (4 PTS)  01:36
[MIN 16-17]
 
  01:19 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Wright (1 ST) 
  01:19 Jump Ball Gilbreath vs McCarville (Moore gains possession) 
  01:11 Bonner Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Moore Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:11  
Team Rebound  01:11  
Moore Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  01:11
[MIN 17-17]
 
  01:00
[PHO 19-17]
Taurasi Running Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Wright Jump Shot: Missed  00:37.9  
  00:35.9 Thomas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:30.9
[PHO 21-17]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST) 
Augustus Running Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)  00:06.9
[MIN 19-21]
 
  00:00.3 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
McCarville Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:00.1  
End of 1st Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (26-8) Phoenix Mercury (19-15)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
Whalen Pullup Jump shot: Missed  09:45  
McCarville Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  09:43  
  09:43 Thomas Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
McCarville Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  09:43
[MIN 20-21]
 
McCarville Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  09:43
[MIN 21-21]
 
  09:25 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:23  
Peters Jump Shot: Missed  09:13  
  09:11 Thomas Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:58 Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
  08:58 Thomas Substitution replaced by Griner 
Peters Substitution replaced by Brunson  08:58  
Wright Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  08:37  
  08:24 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Whalen (1 ST) 
Moore Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  08:18
[MIN 23-21]
 
  07:57 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:55  
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Whalen (3 AST)  07:49
[MIN 26-21]
 
  07:42 Team Timeout : Regular 
Wright Substitution replaced by Augustus  07:42  
  07:21 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:21 Team Rebound 
  07:21 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: McCarville (1 AST)  07:09
[MIN 28-21]
 
  06:52
[PHO 23-28]
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Gilbreath (1 AST) 
  06:39 Griner Violation:Kicked Ball 
  06:39 Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Kizer 
  06:39 Dupree Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle 
Brunson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Hornbuckle (1 ST)  06:30  
  06:24 Bonner Jump Shot: Missed Block: Augustus (1 BLK) 
Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:21  
Whalen Layup Shot: Missed  06:18  
  06:15 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:11
[PHO 25-28]
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:10  
McCarville Jump Shot: Missed  05:56  
  05:54 Kizer Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:34 Hornbuckle Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  05:34 Team Rebound 
  05:33 Hornbuckle Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  05:33 Hornbuckle Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  05:25  
  05:23 Hornbuckle Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Augustus Foul: Inbound (1 PF) (2 FTA)  05:20  
  05:20
[PHO 26-28]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  05:20
[PHO 27-28]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  05:03  
  05:02 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  04:50 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  04:47  
  04:37 Kizer Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
  04:37 Kizer Substitution replaced by Dupree 
  04:30 Hornbuckle Foul: Inbound (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:30  
Team Rebound  04:30  
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  04:30
[MIN 29-27]
 
Brunson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  04:16  
  04:16
[PHO 28-29]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
  04:16
[PHO 29-29]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  04:01  
  03:59 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  03:54 Bonner Layup Shot: Missed 
McCarville Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:51  
Moore Pullup Jump shot: Made (13 PTS)  03:45
[MIN 31-29]
 
  03:37 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:35 Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  03:23 Bonner Jump Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:21  
Augustus Driving Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  03:02
[MIN 33-29]
 
  02:46 Hornbuckle Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:44 Griner Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  02:42 Griner Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  02:40  
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Whalen (4 AST)  02:22
[MIN 35-29]
 
  02:13 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:13 Griner Substitution replaced by Gilbreath 
  02:13 Hornbuckle Substitution replaced by Thomas 
Moore Substitution replaced by Wright  02:13  
McCarville Substitution replaced by Peters  02:13  
  02:05 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Peters (1 ST) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  01:52  
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  01:50  
Augustus 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Whalen (5 AST)  01:46
[MIN 38-29]
 
Whalen Foul: Personal (1 PF)  01:30  
  01:23 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:21 Thomas Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  01:18
[PHO 31-38]
Thomas Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  00:55.9  
  00:53.9 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  00:43.9
[PHO 33-38]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Bonner (2 AST) 
Whalen Layup Shot: Missed Block: Bonner (1 BLK)  00:34.9  
  00:31.9 Thomas Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:21.9
[PHO 35-38]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed Block: Gilbreath (1 BLK)  00:01.8  
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  00:00.1  
End of 2nd Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (26-8) Phoenix Mercury (19-15)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: McCarville (2 AST)  09:41
[MIN 40-35]
 
  09:28
[PHO 37-40]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Bonner (3 AST) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  09:06  
  09:04 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  08:46
[PHO 39-40]
Gilbreath Jump Bank Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Moore Layup Shot: Missed  08:28  
  08:26 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  08:15 Gilbreath 3pt Shot: Missed 
McCarville Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  08:13  
  08:04 Griner Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  08:04  
Team Rebound  08:04  
Moore Substitution replaced by Wright  08:04  
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS)  08:04
[MIN 41-39]
 
McCarville Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  07:45  
  07:45
[PHO 40-41]
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  07:45
[PHO 41-41]
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Wright Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: McCarville (3 AST)  07:30
[MIN 43-41]
 
  07:18 Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:McCarville (1 ST) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  07:01  
Wright Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:59  
Wright Jump Shot: Missed  06:57  
  06:55 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
  06:50 Gilbreath Layup Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  06:50  
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  06:36  
  06:34 Griner Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  06:24 Griner Jump Shot: Missed Block: McCarville (1 BLK) 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:21  
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  05:59
[MIN 45-41]
 
  05:43 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  05:40  
  05:32 Griner Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
McCarville Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  05:32
[MIN 46-41]
 
  05:32 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle 
Whalen Substitution replaced by Moore  05:32  
McCarville Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:32  
  05:31 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  05:07 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:05  
Moore Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: McCarville (4 AST)  04:47
[MIN 48-41]
 
  04:30 Gilbreath Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:McCarville (2 ST) 
  04:27  
  04:27 Bonner Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
  04:27 Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Houston 
McCarville Substitution replaced by Peters  04:27  
Moore Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Griner (1 ST)  04:10  
  03:51
[PHO 43-48]
Houston Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Augustus Pullup Jump shot: Made (19 PTS)  03:36
[MIN 50-43]
 
  03:06
[PHO 45-50]
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Hornbuckle (1 AST) 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  02:43  
  02:41 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  02:35 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:32 Hornbuckle Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:21 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:20  
  02:04 Hornbuckle Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
  02:04 Griner Substitution replaced by Thomas 
Peters Substitution replaced by McCarville  02:04  
Brunson Substitution replaced by Whalen  02:04  
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  01:55  
  01:53 Houston Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:37 Hornbuckle Turnover : Traveling (2 TO) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  01:22  
  01:20 Houston Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Augustus Substitution replaced by Brunson  01:16  
  01:12 Houston 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  01:09  
Moore Jump Bank Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: McCarville (5 AST)  01:00
[MIN 52-45]
 
  00:43.9 Hornbuckle 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:8)  00:40.8  
  00:33.7 Thomas Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Wright Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  00:33.7
[MIN 53-45]
 
Wright Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:33.7  
  00:32.9 Hornbuckle Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:11.9 Houston 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:09.6 Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  00:02.9 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:9)  00:00.9  
End of 3rd Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (26-8) Phoenix Mercury (19-15)
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  09:48
[PHO 47-53]
Bonner Turnaround Bank shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (4 AST) 
  09:30 Kizer Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Moore Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Whalen (6 AST)  09:22
[MIN 55-47]
 
  08:58 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:10)  08:56  
Moore Jump Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Brunson (1 AST)  08:44
[MIN 57-47]
 
  08:40 Team Timeout : Regular 
  08:15 Gilbreath 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:11)  08:13  
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  07:56  
  07:54 Griner Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
  07:41
[PHO 49-57]
Gilbreath Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (5 AST) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  07:20  
  07:18 Gilbreath Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  07:07 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) 
Whalen Substitution replaced by Augustus  07:07  
  07:07 Kizer Substitution replaced by Dupree 
Wright Running Bank shot: Made (8 PTS)  06:51
[MIN 59-49]
 
  06:51 Gilbreath Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
Wright Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  06:51  
  06:50 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  06:44 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:42  
Moore Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Gilbreath (1 ST)  06:39  
Moore Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  06:39  
  06:39 Gilbreath Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:39 Team Rebound 
  06:39
[PHO 50-59]
Gilbreath Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Moore Jump Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Wright (1 AST)  06:23
[MIN 61-50]
 
  06:09
[PHO 52-61]
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Brunson Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA)  06:09  
  06:09 Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Hornbuckle 
McCarville Substitution replaced by Whalen  06:09  
  06:09
[PHO 53-61]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 (14 PTS) 
Moore Running Bank shot: Made (25 PTS)  05:49
[MIN 63-53]
 
  05:35
[PHO 55-63]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Bonner (4 AST) 
  05:13 Griner Violation:Kicked Ball 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed Block: Hornbuckle (1 BLK)  05:07  
Team Rebound  05:07  
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  04:59  
  04:58 Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:46 Taurasi Layup Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  04:44  
  04:36 Taurasi Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
Team Timeout : Short  04:36  
  04:27 Griner Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) 
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  04:27
[MIN 64-55]
 
Brunson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  04:27  
  04:26 Griner Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 
  04:09 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  04:07  
Moore Jump Bank Shot: Made (27 PTS)  03:52
[MIN 66-55]
 
  03:34 Dupree Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:33 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
Brunson Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  03:33  
  03:33
[PHO 56-66]
Dupree Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  03:33 Dupree Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Team Rebound  03:33  
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Whalen (7 AST)  03:20
[MIN 68-56]
 
  03:02 Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:12)  03:01  
  03:01 Taurasi Foul: Personal (4 PF) (2 FTA) 
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  03:01
[MIN 69-56]
 
Brunson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  03:01  
  03:00 Griner Rebound (Off:3 Def:7) 
  02:46
[PHO 58-69]
Taurasi Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Bonner (5 AST) 
Moore Foul: Offensive (4 PF)  02:19  
Moore Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  02:19  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:19  
Wright Foul: Personal (2 PF)  02:04  
  01:56
[PHO 61-69]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Hornbuckle (2 AST) 
Wright Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Taurasi (1 ST)  01:40  
  01:40 Jump Ball Taurasi vs Wright (Griner gains possession) 
  01:24
[PHO 63-69]
Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Made (21 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:23  
  01:23 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Gilbreath 
Wright Substitution replaced by McCarville  01:23  
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  01:02  
Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  01:00  
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  00:58.9  
  00:58.0 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  00:58.0 Team Timeout : Regular 
  00:58.0 Gilbreath Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
  00:45.9 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:42.9 Taurasi Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
  00:42.8
[PHO 65-69]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (6 AST) 
  00:33.6 Hornbuckle Foul: Personal (4 PF) (2 FTA) 
Whalen Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  00:33.6
[MIN 70-65]
 
Whalen Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:33.6  
  00:32.9 Hornbuckle Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:32.2 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:26.9 Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  00:24.9  
  00:24.9 Hornbuckle Foul: Personal Take (5 PF) (2 FTA) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:24.9  
Team Rebound  00:24.9  
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (22 PTS)  00:24.9
[MIN 71-65]
 
  00:24.9 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:18.9 Hornbuckle Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
McCarville Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  00:15.8  
  00:15.6 Hornbuckle Foul: Personal Take (6 PF) (2 FTA) 
  00:15.6 Hornbuckle Substitution replaced by Gilbreath 
McCarville Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:15.6  
Team Rebound  00:15.6  
McCarville Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  00:15.6
[MIN 72-65]
 
  00:05.9 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:13)  00:03.6  
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- ESPN 2 National 5:00 pm ET
 
standings
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l
l10
h
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MIN
1st West
26
8
8-2
15-2
11-6
PHO
3rd West
19
15
6-4
10-7
9-8
 
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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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