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By CURTIS ZUPKE
Posted Aug 25 2014 12:47AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Brittney Griner bounced back from a poor performance and helped show why the Phoenix Mercury are such a dominant team.

Griner scored a career playoff-high 21 points, including a breakaway two-handed dunk, and Phoenix cruised to a 93-68 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 2 on Sunday night to complete a sweep in their Western Conference semifinals series.

Penny Taylor scored 17 points and Candice Dupree had 16 points and eight rebounds as Phoenix, which had a league-record 29 wins during the regular season, advanced to a matchup against defending champion Minnesota in the West finals.

Griner bounced back from a 2-for-11 shooting effort in the opener to go 9 for 9 from the field, setting a WNBA playoff record for most field goals without a miss.

''I played (terrible) that game and I didn't help my team at all,'' Griner said of Game 1. ''I definitely wanted to come out and establish myself down in the paint and help my team out. The coaches did a good job getting us ready and letting us know that we definitely needed to bring it here in L.A. I think we did that.''

Griner's dunk midway through the third quarter stretched Phoenix's lead to 25 points. It was the second-year star's fifth career dunk, giving her nearly half of the 11 dunks in WNBA history.

''That's what I do,'' Griner joked. ''I dunk.''

Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello went over video with Griner after Game 1 on position, but said it was mostly a change in her mindset.

''I thought tonight she really established herself deep in the paint, and when she's that deep it's really hard for teams to bring that trap because she can go automatically into that shot,'' Brondello said. ''For Brittney, I knew she was ready to go. She told me. For a young player, she's mentally tough, and that's a great attribute to her.''

Griner's effort helped overcame an off game from teammate Diana Taurasi, who finished with nine points on 3-for-11 shooting after scoring a playoff career-high 34-points in Game 1.

Candace Parker scored 21 points to lead the Sparks, and Nneka Ogwumike had 14 points and six rebounds. It was the third straight season the Sparks were eliminated on their home floor and the third time in six seasons they were eliminated by Phoenix.

It also was the end of a drama-filled season for the Sparks, who changed ownership in February and fired coach Carol Ross at the All-Star break. Their elimination came in front of owner Magic Johnson, who led the group that bought the team.

''Obviously we're disappointed (with the loss),'' Parker said. ''We didn't know where we were going to be in January. We didn't know if we were going to have a team (or if) we were going to be in L.A. We had no idea. Rome isn't built in a day. We realize that with this group coming in - they've built the (Los Angeles) Dodgers, and the Dodgers are doing well. We feel like they can do the same for us.''

The Mercury never trailed and led 24-8 with 4:16 remaining in the first quarter. The lead was 21 late in the final minute of the second quarter before the Sparks cut it to 52-33 at halftime.

The Mercury led by double digits the entire second half.


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Mercury
Sparks
     
    • 53.5%

    • 46.7%

    • 35.7%

    • 8.3%

    • 80.0%

    • 50.0%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
PHO LAS
Total Rebounds 9 11
Offensive Rebounds 6 4
Turnovers 11 14
Fast Break Pts: 17 9
Biggest Lead: 30 0
Points in the Paint: 54 40
PHO LAS
p Griner   21 Parker   21
rb Dupree   8 Ogwumike   6
a 2 players   7 Toliver   9
s 2 players   3 2 players   2
b Griner   2 Parker   2
 
  • 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
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 31:33 5-13 1-3 0-0 +20 0 3 3 2 1 3 1 1 1 11
C. Dupree F 32:21 8-12 0-0 0-0 +24 2 6 8 0 4 3 2 1 0 16
B. Griner C 18:43 9-9 0-0 3-3 +29 0 2 2 1 5 1 2 2 0 21
D. Taurasi G 23:37 3-11 1-5 2-2 +24 0 5 5 7 2 0 1 0 2 9
P. Taylor F 20:19 5-7 2-3 5-5 +31 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 17
M. Bass   24:49 1-3 0-0 2-4 -4 1 3 4 1 3 0 1 0 0 4
E. Phillips   22:33 3-7 1-2 0-0 +4 2 2 4 7 2 0 2 0 0 7
S. Murphy   15:25 2-5 0-1 0-0 -4 0 4 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 4
E. Kobryn   04:07 2-3 0-0 0-1 +1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
A. Jekabsone-Zogota   04:07 0-1 0-0 0-0 +1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
T. Bias   02:26 0-0 0-0 0-0 -1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   200 38-71 5-14 12-15   6 28 34 19 22 8 11 4 5 93
  53.5% 35.7% 80.0%   team rebs: 9 total to: 12
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
N. Ogwumike F 32:38 5-8 0-0 4-4 -26 1 5 6 2 1 0 5 0 0 14
C. Parker F-C 32:39 9-16 1-3 2-5 -15 0 5 5 3 3 2 4 2 0 21
J. Lavender C 12:55 1-3 0-0 0-0 -14 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 2
A. Beard G-F 21:30 2-6 0-0 0-0 -20 1 3 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 4
K. Toliver G 30:14 3-11 0-6 2-3 -30 0 0 0 9 4 0 1 0 0 8
S. Gruda   19:11 3-6 0-0 0-4 -16 1 4 5 0 1 1 1 1 1 6
A. Herrington   19:46 2-3 0-0 1-1 -7 1 1 2 1 0 2 3 1 0 5
C. Wiggins   10:01 0-2 0-1 0-0 +5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
L. Harding   13:57 2-4 0-2 2-3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6
F. Abdi   04:07 1-1 0-0 0-2 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
N. Greene   03:02 0-0 0-0 0-0 -1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total   200 28-60 1-12 11-22   4 21 25 19 17 5 14 5 4 68
  46.7% 8.3% 50.0%   team rebs: 11 total to: 14

inactive

  • Mercury: --
  • Sparks: --

technical fouls

  • Mercury: --
  • Sparks: Toliver

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 0
  • Times Tied: 0

arena stats

  • Arena: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Officials: #39 Michael Price, #62 Jeff Wooten, #34 Maj Forsberg
  • Attendance: 7449
  • Duration: 2:00
Phoenix Mercury (30-5) Los Angeles Sparks (16-19)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Ogwumike vs Griner (Bonner gains possession) 
  09:45 Lavender Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Griner Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  09:45
[PHO 1-0]
 
Griner Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  09:45
[PHO 2-0]
 
  09:24 Beard Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:23  
Griner Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST)  09:05
[PHO 4-0]
 
  08:51
[LAS 2-4]
Ogwumike Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST)  08:35
[PHO 6-2]
 
  08:35 Lavender Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) 
  08:35 Lavender Substitution replaced by Gruda 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS)  08:35
[PHO 7-2]
 
  08:16
[LAS 4-7]
Gruda Driving Bank shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Parker (1 AST) 
  08:06 Parker Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  08:06
[PHO 8-4]
 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  08:06
[PHO 9-4]
 
  07:46 Parker Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Dupree (1 ST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS)  07:40
[PHO 12-4]
 
  07:36 Team Timeout : Regular 
  07:31 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:30 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  07:20 Ogwumike Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Taylor (1 ST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST)  07:07
[PHO 14-4]
 
Taurasi Foul: Personal (1 PF)  06:46  
  06:38 Parker Jump Shot: Missed 
Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:36  
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST)  06:28
[PHO 16-4]
 
  06:18
[LAS 6-16]
Gruda Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Toliver (1 AST) 
  06:07 Beard Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  05:58  
  05:55 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  05:49
[LAS 8-16]
Parker Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST)  05:32
[PHO 19-8]
 
  05:14 Ogwumike Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  05:12  
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Griner (1 AST)  04:55
[PHO 22-8]
 
  04:34 Gruda Jump Shot: Missed Block: Griner (1 BLK) 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:32  
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Bonner (2 AST)  04:16
[PHO 24-8]
 
  03:51
[LAS 10-24]
Toliver Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Griner Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS)  03:39
[PHO 26-10]
 
Griner Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  03:34  
  03:34 Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:34 Team Rebound 
  03:34 Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:31  
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  03:22  
  03:21 Team Rebound 
  03:07 Toliver Layup Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  03:05  
Taurasi Layup Shot: Missed Block: Parker (1 BLK)  03:01  
  02:59 Gruda Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:49
[LAS 12-26]
Beard Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Toliver (2 AST) 
Griner Foul: Offensive (2 PF)  02:41  
Griner Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  02:41  
  02:41 Gruda Substitution replaced by Herrington 
Griner Substitution replaced by Bass  02:41  
  02:24 Parker Hook Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  02:21  
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  02:16
[PHO 28-12]
 
Taurasi Foul: Personal (2 PF)  02:06  
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Phillips  02:06  
  02:06 Beard Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
Bass Foul: Personal (1 PF)  01:54  
  01:41 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bass Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:38  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  01:30  
Phillips Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  01:29  
Phillips Jump Bank Shot: Made (2 PTS)  01:04
[PHO 30-12]
 
  00:52.1 Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed Block: Dupree (1 BLK) 
  00:52.1 Team Rebound 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Murphy  00:52.1  
  00:46.9
[LAS 14-30]
Parker Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Murphy Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  00:25.3  
  00:05.5 Toliver Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Dupree (2 ST) 
  00:05.5 Jump Ball Toliver vs Dupree (Murphy gains possession) 
Murphy 3pt Shot: Missed  00:01.9  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (30-5) Los Angeles Sparks (16-19)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
  09:38
[LAS 16-30]
Harding Jump Bank Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Ogwumike (1 AST) 
Phillips Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Parker (1 ST)  09:16  
  09:08 Parker Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Bass Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:04  
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  08:53  
Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  08:52  
Dupree Layup Shot: Missed  08:50  
Dupree Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  08:48  
Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  08:35  
Dupree Foul: Personal (1 PF)  08:22  
  08:17 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Bonner (1 BLK) 
  08:16 Herrington Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  08:13 Harding 3pt Shot: Missed 
Murphy Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:09  
Phillips Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  08:07  
  07:55 Ogwumike Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  07:55 Ogwumike Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Bonner Substitution replaced by Taurasi  07:55  
Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Herrington (1 ST)  07:41  
  07:39
[LAS 18-30]
Herrington Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Murphy Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  07:39  
Bass Substitution replaced by Griner  07:39  
Murphy Substitution replaced by Taylor  07:39  
  07:39
[LAS 19-30]
Herrington Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS) 
Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Phillips (1 AST)  07:24
[PHO 32-19]
 
Dupree Foul: Personal (2 PF)  07:16  
  07:04 Parker Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Griner Jump Bank Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Phillips (2 AST)  06:47
[PHO 34-19]
 
  06:34 Herrington Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (1 TO) 
  06:34 Parker Substitution replaced by Gruda 
  06:28 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Toliver 
Dupree Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Phillips (3 AST)  06:18
[PHO 36-19]
 
  06:06 Ogwumike Driving Hook Shot: Missed 
Phillips Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:03  
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Phillips (4 AST)  05:54
[PHO 38-19]
 
  05:41
[LAS 21-38]
Gruda Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Harding (1 AST) 
Griner Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Phillips (5 AST)  05:35
[PHO 40-21]
 
  05:10
[LAS 23-40]
Ogwumike Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Toliver (3 AST) 
Griner Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  04:50
[PHO 42-23]
 
  04:50 Toliver Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
  04:50  
  04:50 Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Beard 
  04:50 Herrington Substitution replaced by Parker 
Dupree Substitution replaced by Bass  04:50  
Griner Free Throw 1 of 1 (13 PTS)  04:50
[PHO 43-23]
 
  04:29
[LAS 25-43]
Parker Running Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Toliver (4 AST) 
  04:20 Parker Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Bass Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  04:08
[PHO 45-25]
 
Bass Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  03:58  
  03:58
[LAS 26-45]
Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  03:58 Harding Substitution replaced by Herrington 
  03:58
[LAS 27-45]
Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Bass Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Gruda (1 ST)  03:42  
Griner Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  03:35  
  03:35 Gruda Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:35 Team Rebound 
Phillips Substitution replaced by Dupree  03:35  
Griner Substitution replaced by Bonner  03:35  
  03:35 Gruda Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  03:34 Beard Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  03:25
[LAS 29-45]
Parker Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed  03:06  
Team Rebound  03:06  
  03:06 Beard Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) 
  03:06 Herrington Substitution replaced by Ogwumike 
  03:03 Beard Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
  03:03 Beard Substitution replaced by Herrington 
Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed  02:57  
Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  02:56  
Taylor Layup Shot: Missed Block: Parker (2 BLK)  02:49  
  02:44 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:41 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:36  
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  02:34  
  02:30 Herrington Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:26 Herrington Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST) 
Taurasi Layup Shot: Missed Block: Herrington (1 BLK)  02:24  
Team Rebound  02:24  
Taylor Substitution replaced by Phillips  02:24  
Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Parker (2 ST)  02:22  
  02:18 Herrington Layup Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:16  
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  01:52  
Team Rebound  01:52  
  01:52 Toliver Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
  01:52 Toliver Technical 
Taurasi Free Throw Technical (6 PTS)  01:52
[PHO 46-29]
 
Bass Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:52  
Team Rebound  01:52  
Bass Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  01:52
[PHO 47-29]
 
  01:32 Ogwumike Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Dupree (3 ST) 
Dupree Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS)  01:26
[PHO 49-29]
 
  01:15 Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 
  01:11 Gruda Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  01:08
[LAS 31-49]
Ogwumike Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Toliver (5 AST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  00:57.9  
  00:55.9 Gruda Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:39.9 Gruda Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  00:38.3  
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  00:19.0
[PHO 51-31]
 
  00:19.0 Gruda Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS)  00:19.0
[PHO 52-31]
 
Bass Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (3 FTA)  00:03.4  
  00:03.4 Toliver Free Throw 1 of 3 Missed 
  00:03.4 Team Rebound 
  00:03.4
[LAS 32-52]
Toliver Free Throw 2 of 3 (3 PTS) 
  00:03.4
[LAS 33-52]
Toliver Free Throw 3 of 3 (4 PTS) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.4  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (30-5) Los Angeles Sparks (16-19)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
  09:43 Lavender Hook Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  09:40  
Griner Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (15 PTS)  09:21
[PHO 54-33]
 
  09:07 Beard Jump Shot: Missed Block: Griner (2 BLK) 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:05  
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS)  08:59
[PHO 56-33]
 
  08:44 Parker Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  08:41  
Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed  08:20  
  08:19 Beard Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  08:09
[LAS 35-56]
Ogwumike Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
  07:58 Beard Foul: Personal (4 PF) 
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (4 AST)  07:44
[PHO 58-35]
 
  07:36
[LAS 37-58]
Toliver Running Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Dupree Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (5 AST)  07:30
[PHO 60-37]
 
  07:13 Jump Ball Lavender vs Taylor (Toliver gains possession) 
  07:04
[LAS 40-60]
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Lavender (1 AST) 
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  06:56  
  06:54 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Bonner Foul: Personal Take (1 PF)  06:51  
  06:45 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:44  
Team Turnover : 8 Second Violation  06:37  
  06:24 Beard Jump Shot: Missed 
Dupree Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  06:23  
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (6 AST)  06:02
[PHO 63-40]
 
  05:48
[LAS 42-63]
Parker Running Bank shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Toliver (6 AST) 
  05:36 Toliver Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS)  05:36
[PHO 64-42]
 
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS)  05:36
[PHO 65-42]
 
  05:19 Ogwumike Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Griner (1 ST) 
Griner Driving Slam Dunk Shot: Made (19 PTS)  05:17
[PHO 67-42]
 
  05:12 Team Timeout : Regular 
Griner Foul: Personal (4 PF)  04:57  
Griner Substitution replaced by Bass  04:57  
  04:50 Parker Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) 
  04:36 Parker Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
Taylor Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (7 AST)  04:24
[PHO 69-42]
 
  04:04 Beard Substitution replaced by Herrington 
Taylor Substitution replaced by Phillips  04:04  
  04:00 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  03:59  
Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  03:48  
  03:48 Toliver Substitution replaced by Harding 
  03:26
[LAS 44-69]
Herrington Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Parker (2 AST) 
Bass Layup Shot: Missed  03:11  
  03:09 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  03:04 Parker Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:00  
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed  02:48  
  02:47 Lavender Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:37
[LAS 46-69]
Harding Running Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Phillips Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  02:37  
  02:37
[LAS 47-69]
Harding Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  02:16  
  02:15 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  02:12 Parker Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) 
Taurasi Substitution replaced by Murphy  02:12  
Dupree Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS)  01:53
[PHO 71-47]
 
  01:44
[LAS 49-71]
Lavender Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Parker (3 AST) 
Murphy Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Phillips (6 AST)  01:34
[PHO 73-49]
 
Murphy Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  01:14  
  01:14
[LAS 50-73]
Ogwumike Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  01:14
[LAS 51-73]
Ogwumike Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Phillips Jump Shot: Missed  00:55.9  
  00:54.6 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:51.5 Ogwumike Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:Bonner (2 ST) 
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS)  00:51.5
[PHO 75-51]
 
  00:28.9 Lavender Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:27.9  
Dupree Layup Shot: Missed  00:04.9  
  00:02.9 Lavender Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:00.1 Harding 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Qtr
Phoenix Mercury (30-5) Los Angeles Sparks (16-19)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
Phillips Driving Bank shot: Made (4 PTS)  09:39
[PHO 77-51]
 
  09:30 Herrington Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) 
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Phillips (7 AST)  09:13
[PHO 79-51]
 
  09:03 Gruda Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (3 ST) 
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  09:00
[PHO 81-51]
 
  08:59 Team Timeout : Short 
  08:44
[LAS 53-81]
Toliver Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Herrington (1 AST) 
Griner Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Herrington (2 ST)  08:30  
Murphy Foul: Personal (3 PF)  08:30  
  08:30 Herrington Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  08:30 Lavender Substitution replaced by Ogwumike 
  08:30 Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Parker 
  08:12
[LAS 55-81]
Parker Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Toliver (7 AST) 
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed  07:56  
  07:53 Beard Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Griner Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (2 FTA)  07:43  
  07:43 Gruda Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:43 Team Rebound 
Griner Substitution replaced by Dupree  07:43  
  07:43 Gruda Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Murphy Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:43  
Bonner Jump Shot: Missed Block: Gruda (1 BLK)  07:31  
  07:28 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  07:24 Gruda Substitution replaced by Ogwumike 
  07:18 Toliver 3pt Shot: Missed 
Murphy Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  07:16  
Phillips 3pt Shot: Missed  06:52  
  06:50 Beard Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  06:42
[LAS 57-81]
Parker Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Ogwumike (2 AST) 
Dupree Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA)  06:42  
  06:42 Parker Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Murphy Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:40  
Dupree Jump Bank Shot: Made (16 PTS)  06:23
[PHO 83-57]
 
  06:12 Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed 
Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:11  
Phillips Jump Shot: Missed  05:57  
  05:56 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  05:44
[LAS 59-83]
Parker Driving Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Toliver (8 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:37  
  05:36 Wiggins Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Phillips 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Bass (1 AST)  05:24
[PHO 86-59]
 
  05:18
[LAS 61-86]
Beard Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Toliver (9 AST) 
Dupree Jump Shot: Missed  04:56  
Bass Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:55  
  04:53 Toliver Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) 
Bass Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  04:53
[PHO 87-61]
 
Bass Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  04:53  
  04:52 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  04:42 Beard Layup Shot: Missed 
Phillips Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:41  
Phillips Jump Shot: Missed  04:20  
  04:19 Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
Phillips Foul: Personal (2 PF)  04:14  
  04:08 Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:07 Team Rebound 
Dupree Foul: Loose Ball (4 PF) (2 FTA)  04:07  
  04:07
[LAS 62-87]
Ogwumike Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  04:07 Parker Substitution replaced by Gruda 
  04:07 Beard Substitution replaced by Abdi 
  04:07 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Harding 
Bonner Substitution replaced by Kobryn  04:07  
Dupree Substitution replaced by Jekabsone-Zogota  04:07  
  04:07
[LAS 63-87]
Ogwumike Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Kobryn Driving Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:42
[PHO 89-63]
 
  03:31
[LAS 65-89]
Ogwumike Driving Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Harding (2 AST) 
Murphy Jump Shot: Missed  03:12  
Phillips Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  03:11  
Jekabsone-Zogota Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  03:02  
  03:02 Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Greene 
  02:45 Toliver Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Jekabsone-Zogota Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:43  
Kobryn Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  02:26
[PHO 91-65]
 
  02:26 Greene Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
  02:26  
Phillips Substitution replaced by Bias  02:26  
  02:26 Toliver Substitution replaced by Herrington 
Kobryn Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  02:26  
  02:25 Gruda Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
Murphy Foul: Personal (4 PF) (2 FTA)  02:15  
  02:15 Abdi Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:15 Team Rebound 
  02:15 Abdi Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Bass Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  02:14  
Murphy Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  01:59
[PHO 93-65]
 
Kobryn Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA)  01:49  
  01:49 Harding Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:49 Team Rebound 
  01:49
[LAS 66-93]
Harding Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Bass Jump Shot: Missed  01:24  
  01:21 Greene Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:08 Gruda Jump Shot: Missed 
Bias Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:06  
Jekabsone-Zogota Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Abdi (1 BLK)  00:53.8  
Team Rebound  00:53.8  
Kobryn Driving Layup Shot: Missed  00:47.9  
  00:43.8 Gruda Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  00:42.4
[LAS 68-93]
Abdi Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harding (3 AST) 
Murphy Jump Shot: Missed  00:22.9  
  00:21.9 Team Rebound 
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- ESPN 2 National 9:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
PHO
1st West
29
5
8-2
16-1
13-4
LAS
4th West
16
18
6-4
7-10
9-8
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
PHO
Taurasi 23.7
Dupree 7.5
Taurasi 6.3
Griner 6.0
Bonner 2.5
LAS
2 players 21.5
4 players 6.0
2 players 6.5
2 players 2.5
2 players 1.5
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