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By AL BRAVO
Posted Aug 10 2014 1:49AM

PHOENIX (AP) The matchup of the best two teams in the WNBA came down to the final seconds and Diana Taurasi got the win for the Phoenix Mercury.

The 11-year veteran, who on Friday signed a multi-year extension with her only WNBA club, hit a 20-footer with 2.9 seconds left and Brittney Griner blocked a last-second layup attempt by Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen to lift the Mercury over the Lynx 82-80 on Saturday, snapping the Lynx' 11-game winning streak.

''It was kind of a simple play,'' Taurasi said. ''There wasn't much time left, so it was kind of get the best shot and hopefully it went in. And today it did, so. there were a lot of plays that led up to that that really kept us in the game.''

Mercury coach Sandy Brondello was more distinct.

''That's why she is the best player in the world,'' Brondello said. ''She responded tonight and made big plays when we needed them.''

The win gave Phoenix (26-4) a 2 1/2-game lead over the Lynx going into the last week of the regular season. The Mercury need one win or a Minnesota loss to clinch home court advantage throughout the playoffs. With the two best records in the WNBA, the teams would meet in the Western Conference finals if they advanced out of the first round.

Phoenix won two of the first three meetings, but Minnesota beat Phoenix 75-67 on July 31 to end the Mercury's franchise record 16-game winning streak.

''This was a playoff game,'' Griner said. ''They made two runs at the beginning of the game, we weathered the storm, we kept coming back and then at the end, we pulled it off.''

Candice Dupree made a driving layup with 25 seconds left to give Phoenix an 80-78 lead.

Minnesota's Maya Moore tied it with a runner over Griner with 7.9 seconds remaining, setting up the final sequence.

''I just thought the last five minutes our offensive execution, the quality of shots wasn't there, it was for them,'' Lynx coach Cheryl Reeves said. ''Kind of unfortunate, we were right there, throughout most of the game had the lead, and then once they took the lead, you could see the bounce in their step went up. It was great game. They made the plays at the end and we didn't.''

Moore led all scorers with 30 points for Minnesota (24-7) while Taurasi added 24 for the Mercury.

''We played hard, we had a lot of great hustle and effort but didn't execute in the second half like we usually do,'' Moore said. ''But we still shot a great percentage.''

Minnesota shot 48.5 percent but had started the game making 10-of-15.

The Lynx had one last chance with Whalen streaking around the perimeter to the basket, looking for an open player. She tried a layup that was easily blocked by Griner, the new WNBA single-season block record holder.

''That's a play we have run for (Whalen) for years,'' said Reeves. ''It's one of those things that when it doesn't work you wish you had gone to a different play. But it's a play that has been successful for us. Obviously Griner made a big play.''

Seimone Augustus tried a jumper at the buzzer that went in and out.

Griner said her 119th block of the season is her new favorite.

''That block goes straight to the top, No. 1,'' said Griner, who had 19 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.

DeWanna Bonner, charged with guarding Moore, the league's leading scorer, added 16 points and seven rebounds for Phoenix.

Minnesota had won 11 straight - the second longest win streak in franchise history. Phoenix is 20-1 in its last 21 games with the lone loss coming to the Lynx.

Phoenix took the lead with 4:15 left when Griner set a pick on Lindsay Whalen, clearing the way for a Taurasi jumper. After Janel McCarville missed a 3-pointer, Taurasi led the break and hit another 17-footer.

However, Augustus answered back with a pair of baskets to give Minnesota a 78-77 lead with 2:25 left.

Minnesota led 64-61 going into the final period.

In the third quarter, things got testy when Taurasi shoved Moore for the first of three fouls she picked up in the period. Janel McCarville bumped Taurasi, leading the two of them to a standoff but the officials quickly jumped in and no additional fouls were called.


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Lynx
Mercury
     
    • 48.5%

    • 44.3%

    • 54.5%

    • 30.8%

    • 76.9%

    • 88.9%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
MIN PHO
Total Rebounds 4 6
Offensive Rebounds 7 7
Turnovers 10 8
Fast Break Pts: 10 4
Biggest Lead: 13 3
Points in the Paint: 28 38
MIN PHO
p Moore   30 Taurasi   24
rb Brunson   7 Griner   11
a 2 players   4 Taurasi   5
s 2 players   2 Murphy   2
b Moore   2 Griner   2
 
  • 06/15 - PHO 80 @ MIN 72
  • 06/18 - MIN 79 @ PHO 92
  • 07/31 - PHO 67 @ MIN 75
  • 08/09 - MIN 80 @ PHO 82
Minnesota Lynx (24-7)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Moore F 36:47 11-20 3-6 5-5 +4 1 5 6 0 4 2 2 2 0 30
R. Brunson F 23:10 1-5 0-0 0-0 +7 1 6 7 0 1 0 1 0 1 2
J. McCarville C 28:55 3-5 2-3 0-0 +3 0 2 2 4 3 2 2 1 0 8
S. Augustus G 32:51 6-14 1-2 5-6 +2 1 3 4 2 2 0 1 0 1 18
L. Whalen G 34:08 5-10 0-0 0-0 +4 1 5 6 4 1 0 2 0 1 10
D. Peters   21:05 1-6 0-0 0-0 -13 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 2
M. Wright   14:53 2-3 0-0 0-0 -9 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 4
T. White   08:11 3-3 0-0 0-2 -8 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 6
D. Dantas DNP - Coach's Decision
T. Liston DNP - Coach's Decision
N. McKenith DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Taylor DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 32-66 6-11 10-13   7 27 34 12 17 4 10 3 3 80
  48.5% 54.5% 76.9%   team rebs: 4 total to: 11
Phoenix Mercury (26-4)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
D. Bonner G-F 34:56 6-14 2-6 2-4 0 1 6 7 2 4 1 3 0 0 16
C. Dupree F 36:21 3-12 0-0 0-0 -5 1 8 9 0 0 1 0 0 1 6
B. Griner C 37:24 7-11 0-0 5-5 +3 4 7 11 3 2 0 2 2 0 19
P. Taylor F 25:49 4-7 1-1 4-4 -9 0 1 1 3 3 1 0 0 0 13
D. Taurasi G 32:57 9-21 1-5 5-5 +3 1 4 5 5 4 0 2 1 2 24
E. Phillips   12:48 0-2 0-1 0-0 +1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Bass   06:15 0-0 0-0 0-0 +6 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
S. Murphy   13:30 2-3 0-0 0-0 +11 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 4
T. Bias DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Jekabsone-Zogota DNP - Coach's Decision
E. Kobryn DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 31-70 4-13 16-18   7 27 34 15 15 5 8 3 3 82
  44.3% 30.8% 88.9%   team rebs: 6 total to: 9

inactive

  • Lynx: --
  • Mercury: --

technical fouls

  • Lynx: Brunson
  • Mercury: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 11
  • Times Tied: 6

arena stats

  • Arena: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Officials: #42 Roy Gulbeyan, #9 Denise Brooks, #30 Thomas Nunez
  • Attendance: 12379
  • Duration: 1:49
Minnesota Lynx (24-7) Phoenix Mercury (26-4)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Griner vs McCarville (Taurasi gains possession) 
  09:46 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed Block: Moore (1 BLK) 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:44  
Moore Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:41
[MIN 2-0]
 
  09:21 Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:19  
Brunson Jump Bank Shot: Missed Block: Griner (1 BLK)  09:09  
  09:07 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:00
[PHO 2-2]
Taylor Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  08:40  
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:39  
Whalen Pullup Bank shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:35
[MIN 4-2]
 
McCarville Foul: Personal (1 PF)  08:28  
  08:21 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:20  
Whalen Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  08:07  
  08:04 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:00 Taurasi Layup Shot: Missed Block: McCarville (1 BLK) 
  08:00 Team Rebound 
  07:58
[PHO 4-4]
Griner Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS)  07:39
[MIN 7-4]
 
  07:28 Bonner Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  07:25  
McCarville 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Whalen (1 AST)  07:17
[MIN 10-4]
 
  06:59
[PHO 6-10]
Dupree Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Bonner (2 AST) 
McCarville Violation:Kicked Ball  06:47  
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: McCarville (1 AST)  06:43
[MIN 13-6]
 
  06:36 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:28 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed Block: Moore (2 BLK) 
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:27  
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  06:04  
  06:03 Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:48 Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Moore (1 ST) 
Moore Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS)  05:45
[MIN 15-6]
 
  05:45 Bonner Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
  05:45 Bonner Substitution replaced by Phillips 
Brunson Substitution replaced by Peters  05:45  
Moore Free Throw 1 of 1 (11 PTS)  05:45
[MIN 16-6]
 
  05:30
[PHO 8-16]
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  05:10  
  05:09 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  04:59 Taylor Jump Shot: Missed 
Peters Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:56  
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  04:36
[MIN 18-8]
 
  04:29
[PHO 10-18]
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Augustus Foul: Shooting Block (1 PF) (1 FTA)  04:29  
Whalen Substitution replaced by Wright  04:29  
McCarville Substitution replaced by Brunson  04:29  
  04:29
[PHO 11-18]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS) 
Wright Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Peters (1 AST)  04:16
[MIN 20-11]
 
  04:04 Griner Hook Shot: Missed 
Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:01  
Brunson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Wright (1 AST)  03:51
[MIN 22-11]
 
  03:39 Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Peters Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:37  
Wright Step Back Jump shot: Made (4 PTS)  03:16
[MIN 24-11]
 
Brunson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  03:04  
  03:04
[PHO 12-24]
Griner Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  03:04 Taylor Substitution replaced by Bonner 
Augustus Substitution replaced by White  03:04  
  03:04
[PHO 13-24]
Griner Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Brunson Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  02:50  
  02:37 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  02:36  
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  02:27  
  02:26 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  02:18
[PHO 15-24]
Griner Jump Bank Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST) 
Moore Pullup Jump shot: Made (13 PTS)  02:03
[MIN 26-15]
 
  01:54 Phillips 3pt Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:53  
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  01:40  
  01:39 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Peters Foul: Personal (1 PF)  01:39  
Moore Substitution replaced by Whalen  01:39  
  01:39 Dupree Substitution replaced by Bass 
  01:29
[PHO 17-26]
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  01:15 Griner Violation:Kicked Ball 
Peters Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Whalen (2 AST)  01:01
[MIN 28-17]
 
Brunson Technical  01:01  
  01:01
[PHO 18-28]
Taurasi Free Throw Technical (6 PTS) 
Brunson Substitution replaced by McCarville  01:01  
  00:47.9 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:46.5  
  00:42.3 Taurasi Foul: Personal Take (1 PF) 
McCarville Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  00:36.6  
White Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA)  00:26.2  
  00:26.2
[PHO 19-28]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  00:26.2
[PHO 20-28]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Peters Jump Shot: Missed  00:01.9  
  00:00.9 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:00.1 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 1st Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (24-7) Phoenix Mercury (26-4)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
  09:39 Taylor Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  09:39  
Team Rebound  09:39  
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  09:39
[MIN 29-20]
 
  09:25
[PHO 22-29]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Phillips (1 AST) 
McCarville Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Whalen (3 AST)  09:06
[MIN 31-22]
 
  08:48 Dupree Running Hook Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  08:48  
Augustus Jump Bank Shot: Missed  08:37  
  08:35 Bass Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:18 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
  08:16 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  08:01 Phillips Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:59  
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Augustus (1 AST)  07:55
[MIN 33-22]
 
  07:36
[PHO 24-33]
Taylor Running Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Augustus Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST)  07:29  
  07:24 Bonner Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO) 
Augustus Substitution replaced by Wright  07:24  
  07:24 Phillips Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
  07:24 Bass Substitution replaced by Griner 
Whalen Pullup Jump shot: Missed  07:09  
  07:07 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:59 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:McCarville (1 ST) 
Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Dupree (1 ST)  06:46  
  06:39
[PHO 26-33]
Taylor Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:29  
Peters Substitution replaced by Brunson  06:29  
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  06:18  
  06:17 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:04
[PHO 28-33]
Griner Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST) 
  05:43 Taylor Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Moore Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS)  05:43
[MIN 34-28]
 
Whalen Substitution replaced by Augustus  05:43  
  05:43 Taylor Substitution replaced by Murphy 
Moore Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS)  05:43
[MIN 35-28]
 
Moore Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  05:33  
  05:33 Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  05:33 Team Rebound 
  05:33
[PHO 29-35]
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
McCarville Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  05:21  
Wright Foul: Personal Block (1 PF)  05:14  
  04:58
[PHO 31-35]
Bonner Pullup Jump shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Wright Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Murphy (1 ST)  04:50  
  04:46
[PHO 33-35]
Murphy Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  04:26  
  04:25 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
Wright Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  04:18  
  04:18
[PHO 34-35]
Griner Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Wright Substitution replaced by Whalen  04:18  
  04:18
[PHO 35-35]
Griner Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Augustus Pullup Jump shot: Made (5 PTS)  03:57
[MIN 37-35]
 
  03:46 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  03:45  
Moore Pullup Jump shot: Made (17 PTS)  03:37
[MIN 39-35]
 
  03:28 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:27  
Augustus 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS)  03:06
[MIN 42-35]
 
  02:59 Team Timeout : Regular 
McCarville Substitution replaced by Peters  02:59  
  02:43 Griner Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
Augustus Layup Shot: Missed Block: Taurasi (1 BLK)  02:28  
  02:26 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:18
[PHO 37-42]
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
  02:05 Murphy Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Peters Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  01:56  
  01:51 Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  01:40
[PHO 39-42]
Griner Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  01:20  
  01:19 Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:12
[PHO 41-42]
Bonner Pullup Jump shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Peters Jump Shot: Missed  00:50.9  
  00:48.9 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:42.9 Taurasi Running Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:39.9 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:36.9 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:36.5 Team Rebound 
Whalen Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF)  00:36.5  
  00:28.9
[PHO 43-42]
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Griner (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:23.8  
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  00:06.9  
  00:05.7 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  00:00.0 Bonner Layup Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (24-7) Phoenix Mercury (26-4)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
Moore Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: McCarville (2 AST)  09:48
[MIN 44-43]
 
  09:32
[PHO 45-44]
Griner Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (4 AST) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (22 PTS)  09:10
[MIN 47-45]
 
  08:54
[PHO 48-47]
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Griner (2 AST) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  08:32  
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  08:31  
  08:29 Griner Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  08:22  
  08:21 Team Rebound 
Moore Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF)  08:21  
  08:09 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  08:08  
  07:56 Bonner Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  07:42  
  07:40 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  07:32 Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:McCarville (2 ST) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  07:23  
  07:22 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  07:15 Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
McCarville Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:14  
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)  06:54
[MIN 49-48]
 
  06:41 Bonner Running Layup Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  06:39  
  06:29 Taurasi Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
  06:23 Taurasi Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
  06:13 Taylor Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  06:13
[MIN 50-48]
 
  06:13 Taylor Substitution replaced by Murphy 
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  06:13
[MIN 51-48]
 
  05:59 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  05:58  
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  05:50
[MIN 53-48]
 
  05:50 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:39
[PHO 50-53]
Murphy Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
McCarville Jump Shot: Missed  05:19  
  05:18 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  05:04 Dupree Layup Shot: Missed 
  05:00 Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  05:00 Griner Tip Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  04:58  
McCarville 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Whalen (4 AST)  04:52
[MIN 56-50]
 
  04:43 Taurasi Running Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:41 Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  04:36
[PHO 52-56]
Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Augustus (2 AST)  04:10
[MIN 58-52]
 
  03:56
[PHO 54-58]
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
McCarville Foul: Shooting Block (2 PF) (1 FTA)  03:56  
Brunson Substitution replaced by Wright  03:56  
Whalen Substitution replaced by Peters  03:56  
  03:56
[PHO 55-58]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 (15 PTS) 
  03:43 Murphy Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  03:43
[MIN 59-55]
 
  03:43 Dupree Substitution replaced by Bass 
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  03:43
[MIN 60-55]
 
McCarville Foul: Personal (3 PF)  03:33  
McCarville Substitution replaced by White  03:33  
  03:28
[PHO 58-60]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Griner (3 AST) 
Peters Layup Shot: Missed  03:06  
  03:05 Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  02:56 Murphy Layup Shot: Missed 
White Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:55  
Wright Jump Shot: Missed  02:49  
Peters Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  02:47  
Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Murphy (2 ST)  02:31  
  02:24 Taurasi Foul: Offensive Charge (4 PF) 
  02:24 Taurasi Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Augustus Substitution replaced by Whalen  02:24  
  02:24 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Phillips 
Whalen Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  02:18  
  02:07 Bass Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Moore (2 ST) 
Moore Layup Shot: Missed  02:02  
White Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  02:01  
White Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  01:59
[MIN 62-58]
 
  01:43
[PHO 60-62]
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Peters Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA)  01:43  
  01:43 Bass Substitution replaced by Dupree 
  01:43
[PHO 61-62]
Griner Free Throw 1 of 1 (17 PTS) 
White Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  01:27
[MIN 64-61]
 
  01:11 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:10  
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  00:50.9  
White Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  00:49.4  
  00:49.4 Bonner Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
White Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:49.4  
Team Rebound  00:49.4  
  00:49.4 Bonner Substitution replaced by Taylor 
White Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:49.4  
  00:48.9 Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  00:27.9 Taylor Jump Shot: Missed 
Peters Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  00:26.8  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  00:01.8  
End of 3rd Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (24-7) Phoenix Mercury (26-4)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
  09:36 Dupree Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  09:34  
White Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  09:14
[MIN 66-61]
 
  08:59
[PHO 64-66]
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Murphy (1 AST) 
White Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  08:34  
Peters Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  08:26  
  08:26
[PHO 65-66]
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
  08:26 Murphy Substitution replaced by Bonner 
White Substitution replaced by Moore  08:26  
  08:26
[PHO 66-66]
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  08:11 Bonner Foul: Shooting Block (4 PF) (2 FTA) 
Moore Free Throw 1 of 2 (23 PTS)  08:11
[MIN 67-66]
 
Moore Free Throw 2 of 2 (24 PTS)  08:11
[MIN 68-66]
 
Augustus Foul: Personal (2 PF)  07:57  
  07:57 Phillips Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
  07:42 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  07:28  
  07:26 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  07:16
[PHO 69-68]
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Taylor (2 AST) 
Peters Jump Shot: Missed  06:55  
Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  06:54  
Augustus Running Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: McCarville (3 AST)  06:39
[MIN 70-69]
 
  06:24 Griner Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
McCarville Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:22  
Moore Pullup Jump shot: Missed  06:14  
  06:12 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  06:03 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  06:02  
Moore Driving Layup Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: McCarville (4 AST)  05:46
[MIN 72-69]
 
Moore Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  05:31  
  05:31  
Peters Substitution replaced by Brunson  05:31  
  05:31
[PHO 70-72]
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  05:31
[PHO 71-72]
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Moore Jump Shot: Made (28 PTS)  05:13
[MIN 74-71]
 
  04:50
[PHO 73-74]
Griner Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Taylor (3 AST) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  04:22  
  04:21 Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  04:14
[PHO 75-74]
Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Made (20 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  04:12  
McCarville 3pt Shot: Missed  03:53  
  03:52 Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  03:47
[PHO 77-74]
Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Made (22 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:42  
McCarville Substitution replaced by Wright  03:42  
Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Taylor (1 ST)  03:22  
  03:00 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:59  
Augustus Pullup Jump shot: Made (16 PTS)  02:52
[MIN 76-77]
 
  02:37 Griner Foul: Offensive (2 PF) 
  02:37 Griner Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Brunson Substitution replaced by McCarville  02:37  
Augustus Running Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS)  02:25
[MIN 78-77]
 
  02:23 Team Timeout : Short 
  02:14 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  02:13  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  01:51  
  01:50 Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
  01:27 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
  01:26 Griner Rebound (Off:3 Def:7) 
  01:10 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:09 Griner Rebound (Off:4 Def:7) 
  01:02 Bonner Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:02 Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
Moore Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA)  01:02  
  01:02
[PHO 78-78]
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS) 
  01:02 Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  01:02  
Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed  00:43.9  
  00:42.5 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:25.9
[PHO 80-78]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (5 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:25.2  
Wright Substitution replaced by Peters  00:25.2  
Moore Running Jump Shot: Made (30 PTS)  00:07.9
[MIN 80-80]
 
  00:07.7 Team Timeout : Regular 
Whalen Substitution replaced by Wright  00:07.7  
  00:02.9
[PHO 82-80]
Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Made (24 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:02.4  
Wright Substitution replaced by Whalen  00:02.4  
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed Block: Griner (2 BLK)  00:01.3  
Augustus Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  00:00.2  
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- NBA TV National 10:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
MIN
2nd West
25
9
7-3
15-2
10-7
PHO
1st West
29
5
8-2
16-1
13-4
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
MIN
Moore 21.0
Brunson 8.7
Moore 8.5
Moore 3.0
Moore 3.0
PHO
Taurasi 23.7
Dupree 7.5
Taurasi 6.3
Griner 6.0
Bonner 2.5
Sky Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .433 .
FT% .810 .
Points 76.2 NaN
Rebounds 34.2 NaN
Assists 16.4 NaN
Steals 7.2 NaN
Blocks 5.9 NaN
3-Point % .332 .
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Mercury Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .484 .
FT% .812 .
Points 83.5 NaN
Rebounds 33.7 NaN
Assists 19.4 NaN
Steals 6.9 NaN
Blocks 6.0 NaN
3-Point % .350 .
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 0
Chicago Sky (0-0)
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Phoenix Mercury (0-0)
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