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Posted Aug 12 2014 11:13PM

NEW YORK (AP) The Phoenix Mercury made sure the WNBA's Western Conference has a new regular season champion for the first time in four years.

Candice Dupree had 18 points and 10 rebounds as Phoenix beat the New York Liberty 76-64 on Tuesday night, giving the Mercury the top seed in the West and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Still, the Mercury weren't in any hurry to pour champagne in the locker room after ending Minnesota's three-year reign atop the conference.

''No, we'll take just take the win,'' Mercury coach Sandy Brondello said. ''Our goal was to come in and win. ... The magic number was one and we did that and we want to fight for it again.''

As it turned out, Phoenix would have claimed the conference title anyway as the defending champion Lynx lost at home to Los Angeles later. Minnesota has clinched the No. 2 seed.

''We have good chemistry,'' Brondello said. ''We have intelligent players, and good players, which certainly helps what we're doing. ... They buy into what we want to do, they play very hard and they're very unselfish. That's been the key.''

Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner had 14 points each, and Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips added 11 apiece for Phoenix (27-4). Griner also had 11 rebounds and added three more blocks to increase her WNBA single-season record to 122.

Dupree moved into 20th place on the league's career scoring list with 4,247 points.

''That's really something,'' Dupree said. ''It's hard to believe I've been in the league for nine years.''

Tina Charles had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead New York (13-18), which dropped to fifth place in the East - one game behind Chicago and Indiana for one of the last two playoff spots in the conference. However they face the Fever twice in their last three games.

''That's what New York is about, isn't it?'' said the Liberty's Cappie Pondexter, who scored 12 points. ''Gritting it out at the finish. Teams have gone on (in sports) to do that and win the whole thing.''

Charles had 16 points in the first quarter to keep New York competitive early. The Liberty trailed 33-30 in the second quarter, before the Mercury scored the last 10 points of the half to take a 13-point lead at the break. Taurasi had five points and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota had a 3-pointer during the run.

''Tina's tough when she gets it going, so we had to throw the whole team at her,'' Taurasi said of containing the former UConn player.

After New York scored the first four points of the third quarter to pull to 43-34, Dupree had consecutive baskets to restore Phoenix's double-digit lead for good. New York got no closer than 12 points again. Dupree's layup made it 55-38 with 4:34 left in the third and her jumper gave them an 18-point lead - their biggest of the game - with 5:46 remaining in the fourth.

It was Griner's first game in the Garden as a pro after twice playing for Baylor in college in the Maggie Dixon Classic.

''It really isn't all that different,'' she said.

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, who guided Charles and Taurasi in college, was at the game, in part to scout players competing on the FIBA World Championship squad he will coach.

The Mercury moved one win behind the league record of 28, set by Los Angeles in 2000 and 2001 - when the league played 32 games - and matched by Seattle in 2010.


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Mercury
Liberty
     
    • 50.8%

    • 36.8%

    • 50.0%

    • 14.3%

    • 71.4%

    • 87.5%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
PHO NYL
Total Rebounds 7 5
Offensive Rebounds 7 12
Turnovers 17 9
Fast Break Pts: 6 4
Biggest Lead: 18 2
Points in the Paint: 26 34
PHO NYL
p Dupree   18 Charles   26
rb Griner   11 Charles   12
a 3 players   4 Cash   4
s 4 players   1 Charles   3
b Griner   3 Warley-Talbert   2
 
  • 07/26 - NYL 63 @ PHO 78
  • 08/12 - PHO 76 @ NYL 64
Phoenix Mercury (27-5)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
D. Bonner G-F 26:45 2-4 0-1 0-0 +14 3 1 4 3 1 1 1 1 0 4
C. Dupree F 34:30 9-14 0-0 0-0 +16 1 9 10 4 1 0 2 0 0 18
B. Griner C 34:05 7-12 0-0 0-0 +15 0 11 11 2 3 0 3 3 1 14
D. Taurasi G 26:48 5-11 3-6 1-2 +19 0 0 0 4 3 0 5 0 0 14
P. Taylor F 27:33 4-12 2-6 1-1 +5 1 4 5 4 0 0 3 0 1 11
M. Bass   10:05 0-1 0-0 0-0 -3 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 0 0
E. Phillips   17:09 3-4 3-4 2-2 -1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 11
S. Murphy   11:31 0-0 0-0 1-2 +1 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 1
A. Jekabsone-Zogota   08:54 1-3 1-1 0-0 +2 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 3
T. Bias   01:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Kobryn   01:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total   200 31-61 9-18 5-7   7 29 36 19 15 4 17 5 3 76
  50.8% 50.0% 71.4%   team rebs: 7 total to: 17
New York Liberty (13-18)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
S. Cash F 21:26 1-5 0-1 0-0 -7 1 4 5 4 1 1 1 0 1 2
A. Warley-Talbert C 12:16 1-1 0-0 0-0 -3 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 2 0 2
T. Charles C 38:23 11-22 0-0 4-4 -16 2 10 12 2 1 3 1 0 0 26
A. Cruz G 15:00 3-7 0-2 0-0 -6 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 6
C. Pondexter G 35:29 6-17 0-1 0-0 -18 2 1 3 3 1 2 3 0 1 12
S. Rodgers   11:22 1-5 0-0 0-0 +5 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 2
A. Montgomery   18:39 2-5 1-1 0-0 0 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 0 1 5
P. Pierson   18:30 1-4 0-0 1-2 -5 3 1 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 3
C. Houston   06:47 0-3 0-1 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 1 0
E. Carson   20:28 2-7 0-1 2-2 -4 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
S. McKinney   01:40 0-0 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
N. Lacy DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 28-76 1-7 7-8   12 21 33 15 18 6 9 3 5 64
  36.8% 14.3% 87.5%   team rebs: 5 total to: 9

inactive

  • Mercury: --
  • Liberty: --

technical fouls

  • Mercury: --
  • Liberty: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 1
  • Times Tied: 0

arena stats

  • Arena: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • Officials: #55 Eric Brewton, #49 Kevin Sparrock, #4 Sue Blauch
  • Attendance: 9617
  • Duration: 1:41
Phoenix Mercury (27-4) New York Liberty (13-18)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Charles vs Griner (Taurasi gains possession) 
Taylor Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Pondexter (1 ST)  09:51  
  09:32
[NYL 2-0]
Charles Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Dupree (1 AST)  09:15
[PHO 3-2]
 
  08:59 Cash Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  08:59 Cash Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Griner Hook Shot: Missed  08:42  
  08:41 Charles Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:24 Charles Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:23  
Griner Turnaround Bank shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Dupree (2 AST)  08:09
[PHO 5-2]
 
  07:54 Pondexter Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:53  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS)  07:44
[PHO 8-2]
 
  07:22 Cash 3pt Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:21  
  07:14 Warley-Talbert Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  07:09  
  07:08 Cruz Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:59 Pondexter Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Griner (1 BLK) 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:57  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST)  06:51
[PHO 10-2]
 
  06:41 Cruz Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:40 Pondexter Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  06:39 Pondexter Layup Shot: Missed 
  06:38 Pondexter Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  06:32 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:31  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  06:22  
  06:20 Cash Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:07 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:05  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  05:51  
  05:50 Cruz Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:31
[NYL 4-10]
Charles Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Cash (1 AST) 
Griner Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST)  05:19
[PHO 12-4]
 
Griner Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  05:02  
  05:02
[NYL 5-12]
Charles Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  05:02 Cruz Substitution replaced by Rodgers 
  05:02
[NYL 6-12]
Charles Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Griner Turnaround Bank shot: Made (6 PTS)  04:45
[PHO 14-6]
 
  04:30
[NYL 8-14]
Charles Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Cash (2 AST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  04:08
[PHO 16-8]
 
  03:52
[NYL 10-16]
Charles Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (1 AST) 
Taylor Jump Shot: Missed  03:36  
Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  03:35  
Bonner Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:35
[PHO 18-10]
 
  03:16
[NYL 12-18]
Charles Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
  03:06 Warley-Talbert Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
  03:06  
Dupree Substitution replaced by Bass  03:06  
Taylor Substitution replaced by Phillips  03:06  
  03:06 Cash Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
  03:06 Warley-Talbert Substitution replaced by Pierson 
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST)  02:59
[PHO 20-12]
 
  02:42 Charles Hook Shot: Missed 
  02:41 Rodgers Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  02:35 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:34 Montgomery Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  02:22
[NYL 14-20]
Pierson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rodgers (1 AST) 
  02:13 Rodgers Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Bonner Substitution replaced by Murphy  02:13  
Griner Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  02:06  
  01:52 Charles Layup Shot: Missed 
  01:51 Pierson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  01:50 Pierson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Bass (1 BLK) 
  01:49 Team Rebound 
  01:43
[NYL 16-20]
Charles Hook Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (2 AST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  01:32  
  01:30 Montgomery Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Taylor  01:25  
  01:22 Charles Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  01:21  
Bass Layup Shot: Missed  01:06  
  01:05 Charles Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:54.9 Pierson Jump Shot: Missed 
Bass Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:53.6  
Phillips 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Bass (1 AST)  00:44.0
[PHO 23-16]
 
  00:27.9 Rodgers Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:26.6 Charles Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Murphy Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  00:24.8  
  00:24.8
[NYL 17-23]
Charles Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
Griner Substitution replaced by Dupree  00:24.8  
  00:24.8
[NYL 18-23]
Charles Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  00:07.2  
Phillips Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  00:06.1  
  00:05.0 Rodgers Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Phillips Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  00:05.0
[PHO 24-18]
 
Phillips Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  00:05.0
[PHO 25-18]
 
  00:00.0
[NYL 20-25]
Pondexter Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
End of 1st Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (27-4) New York Liberty (13-18)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
  09:49 Charles Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Phillips (1 ST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taylor (2 AST)  09:30
[PHO 27-20]
 
  09:18 Houston Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Murphy (1 ST) 
  09:18 Jump Ball Houston vs Murphy (Taylor gains possession) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  09:02  
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  09:01  
Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Houston (1 BLK)  08:58  
Team Rebound  08:57  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  08:44  
Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:42  
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Taylor (3 AST)  08:27
[PHO 29-20]
 
  08:09 Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed 
Murphy Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:08  
Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Charles (1 ST)  07:51  
  07:46
[NYL 22-29]
Pondexter Driving Jump shot: Made (4 PTS) 
  07:33 Montgomery Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
  07:33 Pierson Substitution replaced by Cash 
  07:33 Houston Substitution replaced by Rodgers 
Taylor Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Murphy (1 AST)  07:23
[PHO 31-22]
 
  06:57
[NYL 24-31]
Cash Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Bass Foul: Offensive (1 PF)  06:40  
Bass Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  06:40  
  06:40 Pondexter Substitution replaced by Cruz 
Bass Substitution replaced by Taurasi  06:40  
Phillips Substitution replaced by Griner  06:40  
  06:29 Charles Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  06:28  
Griner Foul: Offensive (2 PF)  06:19  
Griner Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  06:19  
  06:19 Montgomery Substitution replaced by Carson 
  06:09 Charles Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  06:08  
  06:07 Carson Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Taylor Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  05:52  
  05:52 Team Timeout : Regular 
Murphy Substitution replaced by Jekabsone-Zogota  05:43  
  05:40 Rodgers Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Jekabsone-Zogota Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:38  
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Cash (1 ST)  05:24  
  05:14
[NYL 26-31]
Cruz Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  05:00 Cruz Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS)  04:54
[PHO 33-26]
 
  04:29 Charles Hook Shot: Missed 
Jekabsone-Zogota Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:28  
Taylor Jump Shot: Missed  04:16  
  04:15 Charles Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  04:08
[NYL 28-33]
Cruz Driving Jump shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Dupree Foul: Offensive (1 PF)  03:46  
Dupree Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  03:46  
  03:46 Rodgers Substitution replaced by Pondexter 
  03:31
[NYL 30-33]
Carson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Charles (1 AST) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  03:20  
  03:19 Charles Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
Taurasi Foul: Personal (1 PF)  03:13  
Taylor Substitution replaced by Bonner  03:13  
  03:03 Carson Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  03:02  
Taurasi Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  02:48
[PHO 35-30]
 
  02:36 Cash Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Griner (2 BLK) 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  02:35  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  02:28  
Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  02:26  
Jekabsone-Zogota 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST)  02:22
[PHO 38-30]
 
  01:59 Cruz 3pt Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  01:58  
Jekabsone-Zogota Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Charles (2 ST)  01:49  
  01:38 Cruz 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  01:37  
Team Timeout : Regular  01:37  
  01:37 Cash Substitution replaced by Rodgers 
  01:37 Cruz Substitution replaced by Pierson 
  01:37 Carson Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
Griner Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Bonner (2 AST)  01:14
[PHO 40-30]
 
  00:51.9 Rodgers Layup Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  00:50.8  
  00:44.7 Rodgers Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
  00:44.7 Rodgers Substitution replaced by Carson 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Griner (1 AST)  00:40.3
[PHO 43-30]
 
  00:25.0 Charles Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  00:23.9  
Griner Foul: Offensive (3 PF)  00:04.2  
Griner Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  00:04.2  
  00:04.2 Pierson Substitution replaced by Rodgers 
Griner Substitution replaced by Bass  00:04.2  
  00:00.5 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (27-4) New York Liberty (13-18)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
  09:50 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:49 Team Rebound 
  09:47
[NYL 32-43]
Charles Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Cash (3 AST) 
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed Block: Warley-Talbert (1 BLK)  09:27  
  09:26 Cruz Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  09:21
[NYL 34-43]
Cruz Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Taylor (4 AST)  09:00
[PHO 45-34]
 
  08:37 Cash Jump Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  08:35  
Dupree Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  08:17
[PHO 47-34]
 
  07:59 Charles Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:58 Cash Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:51 Pondexter Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Team Timeout : Regular  07:41  
Griner Driving Layup Shot: Missed  07:35  
  07:34 Cash Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  07:19
[NYL 36-47]
Pondexter Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Cruz (1 AST) 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  07:08  
  07:07 Charles Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  07:01 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:59 Charles Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  06:37 Pondexter Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  06:35  
  06:27 Warley-Talbert Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  06:15
[PHO 49-36]
 
  06:15 Warley-Talbert Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (1 FTA) 
  06:15 Warley-Talbert Substitution replaced by McKinney 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 1 (8 PTS)  06:15
[PHO 50-36]
 
  05:52 Cruz Jump Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  05:51  
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  05:40  
  05:30
[NYL 38-50]
Pondexter Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Cruz (2 AST) 
Taylor Layup Shot: Missed  05:07  
Bonner Rebound (Off:3 Def:0)  05:06  
  05:01 McKinney Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Bonner Substitution replaced by Murphy  05:01  
  05:01 Cruz Substitution replaced by Carson 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Griner (2 AST)  04:55
[PHO 53-38]
 
  04:41 Cash Jump Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:9)  04:40  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST)  04:36
[PHO 55-38]
 
  04:35 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:35 Cash Substitution replaced by Pierson 
  04:35 McKinney Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
  04:22
[NYL 41-55]
Montgomery 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (3 AST) 
  04:08 Charles Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (4 AST)  04:01
[PHO 58-41]
 
  03:50
[NYL 43-58]
Pondexter Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
  03:35 Montgomery Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:35  
Team Rebound  03:35  
Dupree Substitution replaced by Bass  03:35  
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  03:35
[PHO 59-43]
 
  03:24 Carson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  03:23  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Phillips  03:23  
Taylor Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Pondexter (2 ST)  03:06  
  03:00 Pondexter Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  02:43  
Bass Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  02:41  
Phillips 3pt Shot: Missed  02:37  
  02:36 Pondexter Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  02:29 Pondexter Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Bass (1 ST) 
Phillips Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Charles (3 ST)  02:18  
  01:55 Pondexter Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  01:54  
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  01:37  
  01:35 Charles Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  01:21
[NYL 45-59]
Carson Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
  01:19 Team Violation : Delay Of Game 
Griner Hook Shot: Missed  01:05  
  01:03 Charles Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
Bass Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  00:45.9  
  00:45.9
[NYL 46-59]
Pierson Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Bonner  00:45.9  
Griner Substitution replaced by Dupree  00:45.9  
  00:45.9 Pierson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Team Rebound  00:44.3  
  00:44.3 Montgomery Foul: Loose Ball (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Murphy Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:44.3  
Team Rebound  00:44.3  
Murphy Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  00:44.3
[PHO 60-46]
 
  00:33.9 Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed Block: Bonner (1 BLK) 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  00:31.9  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  00:18.1  
  00:17.0 Team Rebound 
Murphy Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (2 FTA)  00:17.0  
  00:17.0
[NYL 47-60]
Carson Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  00:17.0 Charles Substitution replaced by Warley-Talbert 
  00:17.0 Pondexter Substitution replaced by Rodgers 
  00:17.0
[NYL 48-60]
Carson Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  00:01.9  
  00:00.4 Pierson Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
End of 3rd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (27-4) New York Liberty (13-18)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
Griner Hook Shot: Made (12 PTS)  09:37
[PHO 62-48]
 
  09:12 Carson Driving Jump shot: Missed 
  09:10 Carson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:00 Montgomery Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Taurasi Foul: Offensive (2 PF)  08:44  
Taurasi Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  08:44  
  08:28
[NYL 50-62]
Montgomery Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Charles (2 AST) 
Phillips 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Dupree (3 AST)  08:12
[PHO 65-50]
 
  07:59 Carson Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:57 Pierson Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  07:39 Montgomery Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:10)  07:37  
  07:31 Pondexter Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
  07:31 Montgomery Substitution replaced by Houston 
Taurasi Turnover : Traveling (4 TO)  07:28  
  07:10
[NYL 52-65]
Charles Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) 
Phillips 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Dupree (4 AST)  06:50
[PHO 68-52]
 
  06:38 Houston Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:11)  06:36  
Taurasi Foul: Offensive Charge (3 PF)  06:24  
Taurasi Turnover : Foul (5 TO)  06:24  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Taylor  06:24  
  06:13 Houston 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:11 Pierson Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  05:56 Charles Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  05:55  
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS)  05:46
[PHO 70-52]
 
  05:45 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:33
[NYL 54-70]
Charles Hook Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Pierson (1 AST) 
Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  05:18  
  05:00 Houston Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  05:00 Houston Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
  04:51 Pierson Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Dupree Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  04:39  
  04:38 Charles Rebound (Off:2 Def:8) 
  04:34 Houston Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Griner (3 BLK) 
  04:33 Team Rebound 
  04:27 Pierson Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:8)  04:26  
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  04:15  
  04:14 Charles Rebound (Off:2 Def:9) 
  04:07 Houston Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST) 
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  04:02
[PHO 72-54]
 
  03:43
[NYL 56-72]
Charles Layup Shot: Made (24 PTS) Assist: Pierson (2 AST) 
Dupree Layup Shot: Missed  03:19  
  03:17 Charles Rebound (Off:2 Def:10) 
Bonner Foul: Personal (1 PF)  03:11  
  03:11 Houston Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
  03:11 Pierson Substitution replaced by Cash 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Jekabsone-Zogota  03:11  
  03:00
[NYL 58-72]
Charles Layup Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: Montgomery (1 AST) 
Jekabsone-Zogota Jump Shot: Missed  02:45  
  02:44 Cash Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
Phillips Foul: Personal (1 PF)  02:40  
  02:40  
Phillips Substitution replaced by Taurasi  02:40  
  02:27
[NYL 60-72]
Pondexter Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Griner Driving Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS)  02:07
[PHO 74-60]
 
  01:54 Charles Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  01:52  
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Bonner (3 AST)  01:33
[PHO 76-60]
 
Jekabsone-Zogota Foul: Personal (1 PF)  01:20  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Bias  01:20  
Griner Substitution replaced by Kobryn  01:20  
  01:20 Charles Substitution replaced by Warley-Talbert 
  01:20 Pondexter Substitution replaced by Rodgers 
Kobryn Foul: Personal (1 PF)  01:16  
  01:09 Carson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  01:08 Warley-Talbert Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  01:06
[NYL 62-76]
Warley-Talbert Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Jekabsone-Zogota Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Warley-Talbert (2 BLK)  00:44.9  
  00:42.9 Cash Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  00:37.9 Rodgers Layup Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:9)  00:36.8  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  00:29.9  
  00:28.1 Montgomery Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:10.6
[NYL 64-76]
Rodgers Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Cash (4 AST) 
End of 4th Qtr
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
PHO
1st West
29
5
8-2
16-1
13-4
NYL
5th East
15
19
5-5
10-7
5-12
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
PHO
Taurasi 23.7
Dupree 7.5
Taurasi 6.3
Griner 6.0
Bonner 2.5
NYL
Charles 16.9
Charles 9.0
Pondexter 3.9
Charles 0.8
Cruz 1.4
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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