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Posted Aug 23 2014 1:29AM

PHOENIX (AP) Diana Taurasi hit four straight free throws in the final 40 seconds, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Los Angeles Sparks 75-72 on Friday night in the first round of the WNBA playoffs.

Taurasi had a personal playoff-best 34 points and DeWanna Bonner added 13 for the Mercury, who had the league's best record during the regular season at 29-5.

''I think all year that's the way it's been with our team,'' said Taurasi, who averaged a WNBA-best 5.6 assists per game this year. ''You can't always have a great game, you can't always get the shots you want, especially on a talented team like this. Today was just my day and luckily they went in.''

Taurasi, who became the first player in league history to lead the WNBA in points in one season and assists in another, was 10 for 15 from the field. She went 6 for 9 from beyond the arc.

''She does what she needs to do for this team to win,'' Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. ''Some days, it's scoring, other days, it's creating, distributing, just getting other people involved.''

Candace Parker, who led the Sparks with 22 points, threw too high for Kristi Tolliver with 7.1 seconds left, giving Phoenix the ball with a 73-70 lead. Bonner hit her third and fourth straight foul shots in the final seconds to help secure the win.

''We have a lot of confidence going into games down the stretch, we've actually played in a lot of them this year where they have come down to two or three possessions, especially against L.A.,'' Taurasi said. ''Today we grinded it out. Today was a big grind.''

It was the sixth win of the season for Phoenix over Los Angeles, which faces elimination in the best-of-three series on Sunday.

''Down the stretch, unfortunately, like I told Ms. Parker, `It doesn't come down to one play, there were a couple more plays before that where we should have gotten the rebound,''' Sparks coach Penny Toler said.

The Sparks, who went 16-18 during the regular season, got two quick baskets to take a 68-65 lead with 2:57 to go, but struggled to score in the final minutes.

Bonner's foul shots with 18 seconds left put the Mercury up by three. Parker then answered with a driving shot in the lane with 11 seconds remaining, trimming Phoenix's lead to 71-70.

Armintie Herrington fouled Taurasi with 9.3 seconds left.

Parker scored seven points during a 9-0 fourth-quarter run that gave Los Angeles a 62-58 lead with 6:23 left.

Nneka Ogwumike had 12 points and six rebounds for the Sparks, and Tolliver finished with 13 points.

Phoenix star Brittney Griner was 2 for 11 from the field for six points. She also had seven rebounds and blocked two shots.

The Mercury made three of their first four shots of the second half on their way to a 54-44 lead, taking advantage of Los Angeles foul trouble. But Tolliver hit a 3-pointer and Parker found Tolliver with an outlet pass to cut the lead to 54-51 with 1:03 left. Phoenix led 56-53 going into the fourth quarter.


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Sparks
Mercury
     
    • 47.1%

    • 40.7%

    • 16.7%

    • 36.8%

    • 62.5%

    • 90.9%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
LAS PHO
Total Rebounds 6 11
Offensive Rebounds 9 3
Turnovers 12 14
Fast Break Pts: 19 8
Biggest Lead: 8 10
Points in the Paint: 42 22
LAS PHO
p Parker   22 Taurasi   34
rb 2 players   7 2 players   7
a 2 players   4 Taylor   7
s 2 players   2 Taylor   3
b 2 players   3 Griner   3
 
  • 05/18 - PHO 74 @ LAS 69
  • 07/06 - PHO 94 @ LAS 89
  • 07/24 - PHO 93 @ LAS 73
  • 07/29 - LAS 69 @ PHO 90
  • 08/16 - LAS 69 @ PHO 76
Los Angeles Sparks (16-18)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C. Parker F-C 40:00 10-19 0-1 2-4 -3 1 6 7 4 3 1 5 3 1 22
N. Ogwumike F 27:04 5-7 0-0 2-2 -11 1 5 6 0 5 1 1 0 0 12
J. Lavender C 27:52 5-11 0-0 0-0 -2 4 3 7 2 3 1 1 0 0 10
A. Beard G-F 26:18 4-10 0-1 0-0 -3 1 4 5 2 4 2 0 0 0 8
K. Toliver G 34:24 6-11 1-3 0-0 -2 0 3 3 4 4 1 3 0 0 13
S. Gruda   24:55 2-9 0-0 1-2 +7 2 2 4 2 1 0 1 3 2 5
L. Harding   05:34 1-2 0-0 0-0 +1 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 2
A. Herrington   09:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 +1 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0
C. Wiggins   04:33 0-1 0-1 0-0 -3 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
F. Abdi DNP - Coach's Decision
N. Greene DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 33-70 1-6 5-8   9 25 34 16 24 9 12 6 3 72
  47.1% 16.7% 62.5%   team rebs: 6 total to: 15
Phoenix Mercury (29-5)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
D. Bonner G-F 38:55 3-11 1-4 6-6 +8 1 3 4 1 3 2 4 0 3 13
C. Dupree F 34:26 6-11 0-1 1-2 +4 1 6 7 1 1 1 1 0 0 13
B. Griner C 33:59 2-11 0-0 2-2 +11 1 6 7 1 4 1 2 3 2 6
P. Taylor F 33:08 2-8 0-3 3-4 +7 0 6 6 7 1 3 1 0 0 7
D. Taurasi G 36:14 10-15 6-9 8-8 +6 0 2 2 3 1 1 6 0 1 34
M. Bass   11:35 1-1 0-0 0-0 -9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
E. Phillips   10:48 0-2 0-2 0-0 -10 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
S. Murphy   00:55 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Bias DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Jekabsone-Zogota DNP - Coach's Decision
E. Kobryn DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 24-59 7-19 20-22   3 23 26 14 12 8 14 3 6 75
  40.7% 36.8% 90.9%   team rebs: 11 total to: 14

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  • Mercury: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 18
  • Times Tied: 6

arena stats

  • Arena: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Officials: #4 Sue Blauch, #30 Thomas Nunez, #35 Billy Smith
  • Attendance: 11591
  • Duration: 1:56
Los Angeles Sparks (16-19) Phoenix Mercury (30-5)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Griner vs Ogwumike (Taurasi gains possession) 
  09:35 Griner Jump Shot: Missed 
Toliver Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:32  
Parker Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Taurasi (1 ST)  09:12  
Toliver Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  09:09  
  09:09
[PHO 1-0]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  09:09
[PHO 2-0]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Lavender Jump Shot: Missed  08:55  
  08:53 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:35 Taylor Jump Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:33  
Beard Jump Bank Shot: Missed  08:22  
  08:19 Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:13 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Parker Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Lavender (1 AST)  07:53
[LAS 2-2]
 
  07:31 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Parker (1 BLK) 
Lavender Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:28  
Parker Jump Shot: Missed  07:18  
  07:16 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Lavender Foul: Personal (1 PF)  07:09  
  06:57 Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed 
Beard Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:56  
Beard Running Jump Shot: Missed  06:51  
Lavender Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:49  
Lavender Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  06:49
[LAS 4-2]
 
Ogwumike Foul: Personal Block (1 PF)  06:34  
  06:25 Griner Turnaround Bank shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:22  
Parker Driving Layup Shot: Missed  06:18  
Lavender Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  06:16  
Lavender Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:16
[LAS 6-2]
 
  06:05 Taurasi Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Beard (1 ST) 
Parker Jump Shot: Missed  05:59  
Beard Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:57  
  05:56 Taylor Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Lavender Jump Shot: Missed  05:50  
  05:48 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:39 Bonner Jump Shot: Missed 
Lavender Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  05:38  
Toliver Jump Shot: Missed  05:29  
  05:27 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:16 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  05:15  
Ogwumike Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Lavender (2 AST)  05:01
[LAS 8-2]
 
  04:52 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:46 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Toliver (1 ST) 
Beard Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Toliver (1 AST)  04:41
[LAS 10-2]
 
Parker Foul: Personal (1 PF)  04:21  
  04:10
[PHO 4-10]
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Lavender Jump Shot: Missed  04:01  
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  03:59  
Ogwumike Tip Shot: Missed  03:59  
  03:56 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:51
[PHO 6-10]
Griner Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST) 
Beard Pullup Jump shot: Missed  03:32  
Lavender Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  03:31  
Parker Jump Shot: Missed  03:20  
  03:20 Team Rebound 
  03:20 Jump Ball Griner vs Ogwumike (Taurasi gains possession) 
  03:04 Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:02  
Parker Jump Shot: Missed Block: Griner (1 BLK)  02:51  
Team Rebound  02:51  
Toliver Jump Shot: Missed  02:48  
  02:47 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:43
[PHO 8-10]
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taylor (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:37  
Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Gruda  02:37  
Gruda Layup Shot: Missed  02:21  
  02:20 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  02:06 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Beard Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  02:05  
Lavender Jump Shot: Missed  01:52  
Gruda Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  01:50  
Toliver Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Dupree (1 ST)  01:46  
  01:38
[PHO 11-10]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Taylor (3 AST) 
Beard Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  01:12
[LAS 12-11]
 
  00:51.8 Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed 
Toliver Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:48.9  
Parker 3pt Shot: Missed  00:37.8  
  00:35.9 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Lavender Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  00:28.0  
  00:28.0
[PHO 12-12]
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  00:28.0 Dupree Substitution replaced by Bass 
Toliver Substitution replaced by Harding  00:28.0  
  00:28.0
[PHO 13-12]
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  00:04.0  
  00:00.2 Bonner Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Harding (1 ST) 
End of 1st Qtr
Los Angeles Sparks (16-19) Phoenix Mercury (30-5)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
Ogwumike Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Parker (1 AST)  09:36
[LAS 14-13]
 
  09:09
[PHO 16-14]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Phillips (1 AST) 
Herrington Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST)  09:00  
  08:57
[PHO 18-14]
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Harding Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:28
[LAS 16-18]
 
Gruda Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  08:09  
  08:09
[PHO 19-16]
Griner Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  08:09
[PHO 20-16]
Griner Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Gruda Jump Shot: Missed  07:53  
  07:52 Team Rebound 
Herrington Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF)  07:52  
  07:30 Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Parker Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Harding (1 AST)  07:18
[LAS 18-20]
 
  06:57 Griner Jump Shot: Missed Block: Gruda (1 BLK) 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  06:55  
Parker Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Herrington (1 AST)  06:53
[LAS 20-20]
 
  06:53 Phillips Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
  06:53 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Taylor 
Parker Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS)  06:53
[LAS 21-20]
 
  06:38 Taylor Layup Shot: Missed 
  06:36 Team Rebound 
  06:24 Taylor Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Harding (2 ST) 
Harding Pullup Jump shot: Missed  06:16  
  06:12 Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:01 Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Harding Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:58  
Parker Pullup Jump shot: Missed  05:52  
  05:48 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:37
[PHO 22-21]
Bass Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taylor (4 AST) 
Ogwumike Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  05:15  
Gruda Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  05:12  
  04:54 Griner Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
  04:54  
  04:54 Griner Substitution replaced by Dupree 
Harding Substitution replaced by Toliver  04:54  
Herrington Substitution replaced by Wiggins  04:54  
Gruda Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  04:54
[LAS 22-22]
 
Gruda Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  04:54  
  04:53 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  04:31 Phillips 3pt Shot: Missed 
Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:29  
Parker Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Gruda (1 AST)  04:20
[LAS 24-22]
 
  04:04 Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  04:02  
  04:02 Phillips Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
Toliver Jump Shot: Missed  03:48  
  03:47 Team Rebound 
Wiggins Foul: Personal (1 PF)  03:38  
  03:38 Bass Substitution replaced by Griner 
  03:29
[PHO 25-24]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Taylor (5 AST) 
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed  03:20  
  03:18 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:10 Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Ogwumike (1 ST) 
Gruda Layup Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Toliver (2 AST)  03:04
[LAS 26-25]
 
  02:47 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Wiggins (1 ST) 
  02:35 Griner Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:35  
Ogwumike Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  02:26
[LAS 28-25]
 
  02:05
[PHO 27-28]
Dupree Step Back Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Gruda Jump Shot: Missed Block: Griner (2 BLK)  01:48  
  01:47 Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:28
[PHO 30-28]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Taylor (6 AST) 
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  01:04
[LAS 30-30]
 
  00:48.9
[PHO 33-30]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Taylor (7 AST) 
Wiggins Substitution replaced by Beard  00:30.3  
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  00:25.9
[LAS 32-33]
 
  00:18.9
[PHO 35-32]
Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Parker Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Toliver (3 AST)  00:01.9
[LAS 34-35]
 
  00:00.1 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Gruda (2 BLK) 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Qtr
Los Angeles Sparks (16-19) Phoenix Mercury (30-5)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
  09:50 Dupree Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Ogwumike Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  09:45
[LAS 36-35]
 
Ogwumike Foul: Personal (2 PF)  09:33  
  09:21
[PHO 38-36]
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST) 
Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed  09:11  
  09:09 Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Toliver Foul: Personal (2 PF)  09:08  
  08:58 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:Lavender (1 ST) 
  08:58 Jump Ball Taurasi vs Lavender (Toliver gains possession) 
Toliver Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  08:45  
Parker Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  08:27  
  08:27 Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  08:27 Team Rebound 
  08:27
[PHO 39-36]
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Beard Jump Shot: Missed  08:10  
  08:08 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:02 Bonner Jump Shot: Missed Block: Parker (2 BLK) 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  08:00  
  07:54 Bonner Violation:Kicked Ball 
Parker Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Taylor (1 ST)  07:41  
Beard Foul: Personal (1 PF)  07:39  
  07:18
[PHO 41-36]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  06:50  
  06:35
[PHO 43-36]
Griner Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:30  
Ogwumike Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Taylor (2 ST)  06:14  
  05:54 Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Toliver Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  05:35
[LAS 38-43]
 
  05:27
[PHO 45-38]
Taurasi Running Bank shot: Made (21 PTS) 
  05:07 Bonner Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  05:07  
Team Rebound  05:07  
Lavender Substitution replaced by Gruda  05:07  
Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:07  
  05:06 Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  04:49
[PHO 47-38]
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (23 PTS) 
Ogwumike Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Toliver (4 AST)  04:39
[LAS 40-47]
 
  04:17 Griner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Beard (2 ST) 
  04:12 Griner Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Ogwumike Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  04:12
[LAS 41-47]
 
Beard Substitution replaced by Herrington  04:12  
Ogwumike Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  04:12
[LAS 42-47]
 
  04:00
[PHO 49-42]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST) 
Gruda Jump Shot: Missed  03:43  
  03:43 Team Rebound 
Ogwumike Foul: Loose Ball (3 PF) (2 FTA)  03:43  
  03:43
[PHO 50-42]
Dupree Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  03:43 Dupree Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  03:42  
Parker Driving Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS)  03:24
[LAS 44-50]
 
Ogwumike Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA)  03:08  
  03:08
[PHO 51-44]
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Lavender  03:08  
  03:08
[PHO 52-44]
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Parker Jump Shot: Missed  02:54  
  02:52 Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  02:45 Bonner Layup Shot: Missed 
Gruda Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  02:43  
Gruda Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Griner (1 ST)  02:36  
Herrington Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA)  02:33  
  02:33
[PHO 53-44]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (24 PTS) 
  02:33
[PHO 54-44]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (25 PTS) 
Toliver 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS)  02:16
[LAS 47-54]
 
  02:03 Griner Foul: Offensive (4 PF) 
  02:03 Griner Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
  02:03 Griner Substitution replaced by Bass 
Gruda Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  01:50
[LAS 49-54]
 
  01:38 Taurasi Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  01:38 Taurasi Turnover : Foul (6 TO) 
Gruda Jump Shot: Missed  01:24  
  01:22 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  01:11 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:09  
Toliver Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Parker (2 AST)  01:06
[LAS 51-54]
 
  01:03 Team Timeout : Regular 
  01:03 Taylor Substitution replaced by Phillips 
  00:48.9
[PHO 56-51]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST) 
Parker Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Bonner (2 ST)  00:29.9  
  00:29.9 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:10.9 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  00:08.4  
Lavender Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Parker (3 AST)  00:04.9
[LAS 53-56]
 
  00:00.1 Phillips 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Qtr
Los Angeles Sparks (16-19) Phoenix Mercury (30-5)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
  09:46
[PHO 58-53]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Gruda Jump Shot: Missed  09:26  
  09:24 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  09:12 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Toliver Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  09:10  
Beard Jump Shot: Missed  09:01  
  08:59 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
Beard Foul: Personal (2 PF)  08:51  
  08:42 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Beard Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  08:41  
Parker Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Beard (1 AST)  08:35
[LAS 55-58]
 
  08:11 Bonner Jump Shot: Missed Block: Parker (3 BLK) 
  08:10 Team Rebound 
  08:07 Dupree 3pt Shot: Missed 
Gruda Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  08:05  
Lavender Jump Shot: Missed  08:01  
Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  07:59  
Lavender Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Gruda (2 AST)  07:43
[LAS 57-58]
 
  07:19 Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Parker (1 ST) 
  07:18 Bonner Foul: Personal Take (2 PF) 
  07:18 Bonner Substitution replaced by Taylor 
  07:18 Bass Substitution replaced by Griner 
Parker Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS)  07:08
[LAS 59-58]
 
  07:08 Phillips Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) 
  07:08 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Murphy 
Parker Free Throw 1 of 1 (18 PTS)  07:08
[LAS 60-58]
 
  06:56 Griner Jump Shot: Missed Block: Gruda (3 BLK) 
Beard Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  06:53  
Lavender Foul: Offensive (3 PF)  06:50  
Lavender Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  06:50  
  06:30 Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  06:27  
Parker Jump Bank Shot: Made (20 PTS)  06:23
[LAS 62-58]
 
  06:13 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:13 Phillips Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
  06:13 Murphy Substitution replaced by Bonner 
  05:59 Griner Hook Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  05:56  
Gruda Layup Shot: Missed Block: Griner (3 BLK)  05:34  
Team Rebound  05:33  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  05:33  
  05:16
[PHO 61-62]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (28 PTS) Assist: Dupree (1 AST) 
Beard Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)  04:57
[LAS 64-61]
 
  04:38
[PHO 63-64]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Griner (1 AST) 
Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed  04:17  
  04:15 Team Rebound 
Beard Foul: Loose Ball (3 PF)  04:15  
  03:57
[PHO 65-64]
Taurasi Floating Jump shot: Made (30 PTS) 
Beard Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Parker (4 AST)  03:32
[LAS 66-65]
 
  03:14 Griner Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
Lavender Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  03:11  
Lavender Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Beard (2 AST)  02:56
[LAS 68-65]
 
Beard Foul: Personal (4 PF)  02:49  
  02:49  
Gruda Substitution replaced by Ogwumike  02:49  
  02:40 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  02:39  
Lavender Jump Shot: Missed  02:17  
Lavender Rebound (Off:4 Def:3)  02:15  
Beard 3pt Shot: Missed  02:12  
  02:10 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  02:03 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:02 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  01:50
[PHO 67-68]
Taylor Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Parker Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO)  01:30  
  01:19 Griner Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:17 Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  01:17 Bonner Tip Shot: Missed 
  01:16 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  01:16 Griner Tip Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  01:16  
Team Timeout : Short  01:16  
Toliver Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Taylor (3 ST)  01:03  
Toliver Foul: Personal (3 PF)  01:03  
  00:50.9 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:49.1 Team Rebound 
Ogwumike Foul: Personal Block (5 PF) (2 FTA)  00:40.8  
  00:40.8
[PHO 68-68]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (31 PTS) 
  00:40.8
[PHO 69-68]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (32 PTS) 
Parker Jump Shot: Missed  00:22.8  
  00:20.9 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
Parker Foul: Personal Take (3 PF) (2 FTA)  00:18.6  
  00:18.6
[PHO 70-68]
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
  00:18.6
[PHO 71-68]
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:18.6  
  00:17.0 Bonner Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
Parker Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS)  00:11.9
[LAS 70-71]
 
  00:11.1 Team Timeout : Short 
Toliver Substitution replaced by Herrington  00:11.1  
Herrington Foul: Personal Take (3 PF) (2 FTA)  00:09.3  
  00:09.3
[PHO 72-70]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (33 PTS) 
Herrington Substitution replaced by Toliver  00:09.3  
  00:09.3
[PHO 73-70]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (34 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:09.3  
Lavender Substitution replaced by Wiggins  00:09.3  
Parker Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO)  00:07.1  
Toliver Foul: Personal Take (4 PF) (2 FTA)  00:06.2  
  00:06.2
[PHO 74-70]
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  00:06.2
[PHO 75-70]
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Toliver Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS)  00:02.9
[LAS 72-75]
 
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- NBA TV National 10:00 pm ET
-- TWC SN/TWC D Local 10:00 pm ET
-- FSA Local 10:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
LAS
4th West
16
18
6-4
7-10
9-8
PHO
1st West
29
5
8-2
16-1
13-4
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
LAS
2 players 21.5
4 players 6.0
2 players 6.5
2 players 2.5
2 players 1.5
PHO
Taurasi 23.7
Dupree 7.5
Taurasi 6.3
Griner 6.0
Bonner 2.5
Mercury Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .484 .477
FT% .812 .865
Points 83.5 84.0
Rebounds 33.7 30.0
Assists 19.4 16.5
Steals 6.9 8.0
Blocks 6.0 3.5
3-Point % .350 .364
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Sparks Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .457 .469
FT% .798 .533
Points 77.4 70.0
Rebounds 32.4 29.5
Assists 18.6 17.5
Steals 9.1 7.0
Blocks 3.4 5.5
3-Point % .316 .111
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 2
Phoenix Mercury (2-0)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Bass, Mistie 36:24 2-4 0-0 2-4 1 3 4 1 3 0 1 0 0 6
Bias, Tiffany 2:26 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bonner, DeWanna 70:28 8-24 2-7 6-6 1 6 7 3 4 5 5 1 4 24
Dupree, Candice 66:47 14-23 0-1 1-2 3 12 15 1 5 4 3 1 0 29
Griner, Brittney 52:42 11-20 0-0 5-5 1 8 9 2 9 2 4 5 2 27
Jekabsone-Zogota, Anete 4:07 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Kobryn, Ewelina 4:07 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
Murphy, Eshaya 16:20 2-5 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 4
Phillips, Erin 33:21 3-9 1-4 0-0 2 2 4 8 4 0 2 0 0 7
Taurasi, Diana 59:51 13-26 7-14 10-10 0 7 7 10 3 1 7 0 3 43
Taylor, Penny 53:27 7-15 2-6 8-9 1 7 8 8 1 4 1 0 1 24
Los Angeles Sparks (0-2)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Abdi, Farhiya 4:07 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Beard, Alana 47:48 6-16 0-1 0-0 2 7 9 2 8 2 0 0 1 12
Greene, Nikki 3:02 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Gruda, Sandrine 44:06 5-15 0-0 1-6 3 6 9 2 2 1 2 4 3 11
Harding, Lindsey 19:31 3-6 0-2 2-3 0 1 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 8
Herrington, Armintie 29:06 2-3 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 2 3 2 4 1 0 5
Lavender, Jantel 40:47 6-14 0-0 0-0 4 5 9 3 5 1 1 0 0 12
Ogwumike, Nneka 59:42 10-15 0-0 6-6 2 10 12 2 6 1 6 0 0 26
Parker, Candace 72:39 19-35 1-4 4-9 1 11 12 7 6 3 9 5 1 43
Toliver, Kristi 64:38 9-22 1-9 2-3 0 3 3 13 8 1 4 0 0 21
Wiggins, Candice 14:34 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 2 0