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By AL BRAVO
Posted Aug 30 2014 1:33AM

PHOENIX (AP) A key third quarter stretch and tough defense on the league MVP has the Phoenix Mercury a win away from the WNBA Finals.

Brittney Griner had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Mercury held off a late rally to beat the Minnesota Lynx 85-71 on Friday night in Game 1 of the best-of-3 Western Conference finals.

''Defensively we were just the team unit, so locked in, we have been so consistently good on the defensive end all season long and that was the key for us,'' Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said.

In particular, defense on league scoring leader and MVP Maya Moore, who was held to nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.

''Obviously, DeWanna Bonner, she is a great defender,'' Brondello said. ''She probably doesn't get that kind of recognition, as she should, but she is, and she is always locking down the best player. Maya Moore is a great player but I thought we executed quite well against her.''

Penny Taylor added 16 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and a pair of steals for the Mercury, who built a 25-point lead in the third quarter before Minnesota got within 10 in the final period.

''It's been tonight what I have been trying to do all season, is just fill the gaps, do what I can to lift the team when we need to,'' the 12th-year veteran Taylor said. ''Tonight it was a lot of assists in the first half and then in the second, I tried to be more aggressive on the boards and that sort of thing.''

Taylor missed her first three shots and then made 3 of 4 in the third when Phoenix pulled away.

Game 2 is Sunday in Minneapolis.

Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve credited Phoenix for keeping her big scorer quiet on Friday.

''Early in the game I thought that Maya didn't have an understanding of what was available,'' Reeve said. ''I thought that Phoenix, in typical fashion, their team defense was really good. So maybe where Maya had openings, they closed quickly and her recognition of what happens next was not very good.''

Diana Taurasi added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists on an off-shooting night (5 for 15) while Bonner had 16 points and seven rebounds for Phoenix, which won three of four meetings with Minnesota during the regular season.

The Mercury held Minnesota to 40 percent shooting (29-of-73) and outrebounded the Lynx 45-31.

''Everyone kind of took turns on making sure the boards were sound and when we do that it gives us a little more freedom on offense to go,'' Taurasi said.

Lindsay Whalen had 25 points to lead the Lynx. Rebekkah Brunson had 10 points and eight rebounds.

''We have some things to fix,'' Brunson said. ''We didn't approach this game the way we should have but we know that we can play a lot better.''

Whalen hit a 3-pointer, had a steal and easy layup in a 17-8 run that got Minnesota to 75-64 with 5:16 left but Taylor drew a fifth foul on Moore and sank the free throws to give Phoenix a little breathing room. Taylor and Taurasi hit free throws in the final minute after the Lynx pulled to 81-71 with 1:30 left.

Taylor had eight points and a key alley-oop pass to Griner during a decisive 14-0 run midway through the third quarter that gave Phoenix a 63-39 lead over the defending WNBA champions.

The Lynx were 4 for 15 at one point in the third quarter, after trailing by just nine early in the period.

''That was probably the best stretch we've had on both sides of the ball this year,'' Taurasi said. ''In a game where we obviously have to play at that level to beat them. That's just how good they are.''

It is the third meeting in four years in the conference finals for the Lynx and Mercury.

Both teams swept their respective first-round playoff series, setting up the much-hyped conference final matchup.

Phoenix jumped out to a 9-0 lead after hitting its first four shots but Minnesota bounced back with eight straight points itself and trailed 23-20 after the first quarter.

But Moore made only 1 of 6 from the field, scoring two points, as the Lynx trailed 42-31 at the break.

The Lynx swept the Mercury in the 2011 and 2013 conference finals on their way to winning WNBA titles. Minnesota has reached the final round for three straight years.

Moore earned league MVP honors, averaging nearly 24 points and eight rebounds a game. She shot 48 percent from the field during the season.


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Lynx
Mercury
     
    • 39.7%

    • 44.6%

    • 27.3%

    • 23.5%

    • 76.9%

    • 85.2%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
MIN PHO
Total Rebounds 5 6
Offensive Rebounds 9 12
Turnovers 14 15
Fast Break Pts: 8 12
Biggest Lead: 0 25
Points in the Paint: 28 24
MIN PHO
p Whalen   25 Griner   23
rb Brunson   8 Taylor   13
a 2 players   3 Taylor   7
s 3 players   2 Phillips   3
b 3 players   1 Griner   3
 
  • 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 (25-9)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Moore F 28:43 3-9 1-4 2-2 -16 1 3 4 3 5 2 4 1 1 9
R. Brunson F 31:52 5-7 0-1 2-2 -3 4 4 8 3 1 2 1 1 1 12
J. McCarville C 27:11 3-9 0-0 0-0 -3 1 6 7 1 2 0 0 0 2 6
S. Augustus G 33:44 4-14 0-2 4-5 -10 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 12
L. Whalen G 33:54 11-23 1-2 2-4 -7 1 4 5 2 3 2 1 0 2 25
T. White   09:54 1-3 0-0 0-0 +1 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 0 1 2
D. Peters   10:33 0-1 0-0 0-0 -19 2 0 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 0
M. Wright   17:02 2-7 1-2 0-0 -12 0 2 2 0 4 0 2 1 0 5
D. Dantas   06:07 0-0 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. Taylor   00:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. McKenith   00:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Liston   00:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   200 29-73 3-11 10-13   9 22 31 10 20 9 14 3 7 71
  39.7% 27.3% 76.9%   team rebs: 5 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 36:05 6-13 4-7 0-0 +17 2 5 7 3 0 2 3 1 1 16
C. Dupree F 37:00 5-8 0-0 0-0 +19 2 3 5 0 2 1 1 1 1 10
B. Griner C 33:11 9-14 0-0 5-5 +18 4 7 11 1 3 0 3 3 0 23
P. Taylor F 32:39 3-9 0-2 10-11 +15 3 10 13 7 2 2 3 1 1 16
D. Taurasi G 34:58 5-15 0-6 7-9 +20 1 5 6 5 3 2 5 1 0 17
E. Phillips   10:33 1-4 0-1 0-0 -2 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 2
M. Bass   09:49 0-0 0-0 1-2 -9 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
S. Murphy   05:45 0-2 0-1 0-0 -8 0 0 0 0 1 1 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 29-65 4-17 23-27   12 33 45 17 13 11 15 7 3 85
  44.6% 23.5% 85.2%   team rebs: 6 total to: 16

inactive

  • Lynx: --
  • Mercury: --

technical fouls

  • Lynx: McCarville
  • Mercury: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 0
  • Times Tied: 1

arena stats

  • Arena: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Officials: #4 Sue Blauch, #39 Michael Price, #45 Tom Mauer
  • Attendance: 10376
  • Duration: 1:50
Minnesota Lynx (25-10) Phoenix Mercury (30-5)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Griner vs McCarville (Taurasi gains possession) 
  09:40 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Brunson (1 ST) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  09:29  
  09:27 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:22
[PHO 2-0]
Griner Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST) 
Augustus Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Taurasi (1 ST)  09:07  
  08:57
[PHO 4-0]
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST) 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  08:42  
  08:40 Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:35
[PHO 7-0]
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Taylor (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  08:23  
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  08:14  
  08:12 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:08
[PHO 9-0]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST) 
Augustus Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:52
[MIN 2-9]
 
  07:35 Griner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Brunson (2 ST) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  07:18  
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  07:15  
Brunson Putback Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:14
[MIN 4-9]
 
  07:01
[PHO 11-4]
Taurasi Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taylor (3 AST) 
Whalen Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  07:01  
  07:01
[PHO 12-4]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS) 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  06:45  
Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  06:42  
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  06:41  
Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:0)  06:38  
Brunson Putback Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:38
[MIN 6-12]
 
  06:28 Bonner Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
  06:26 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  06:13 Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:11  
Augustus Jump Bank Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:04
[MIN 8-12]
 
  05:57 Taylor Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  05:54  
McCarville Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Whalen (1 AST)  05:44
[MIN 10-12]
 
  05:34 Griner Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  05:34 Griner Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Moore Substitution replaced by White  05:34  
Whalen Substitution replaced by Peters  05:34  
McCarville Substitution replaced by Wright  05:34  
White Jump Shot: Missed Block: Bonner (1 BLK)  05:17  
  05:13 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:08 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
White Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:06  
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)  05:00
[MIN 12-12]
 
  04:41 Taylor Jump Shot: Missed Block: Brunson (1 BLK) 
Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:38  
Wright Pullup Jump shot: Missed  04:35  
  04:31 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:26 Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Peters (1 ST) 
  04:26 Taurasi Foul: Personal Take (1 PF) 
Augustus Substitution replaced by Moore  04:26  
  04:26 Taylor Substitution replaced by Phillips 
Moore Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST)  04:20  
  04:07
[PHO 14-12]
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Bonner (2 AST) 
Wright Pullup Jump shot: Missed  03:52  
Peters Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  03:47  
Peters Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Phillips (1 ST)  03:46  
Wright Foul: Shooting Block (1 PF) (2 FTA)  03:46  
  03:46
[PHO 15-12]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Brunson Substitution replaced by McCarville  03:46  
White Substitution replaced by Whalen  03:46  
  03:46 Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:45  
Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Phillips (2 ST)  03:26  
  03:20 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:17 Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  03:17
[PHO 17-12]
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:03
[MIN 14-17]
 
  03:03 Dupree Foul: Shooting Block (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
Moore Substitution replaced by Augustus  03:03  
Whalen Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS)  03:03
[MIN 15-17]
 
  02:44
[PHO 19-15]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
McCarville Jump Shot: Missed  02:22  
  02:20 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:11
[PHO 21-15]
Griner Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Bonner (3 AST) 
Wright Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  01:52  
  01:34
[PHO 23-15]
Griner Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Phillips (1 AST) 
  01:11 Griner Foul: Defense 3 Second (1 PF) 
Augustus Free Throw Technical (7 PTS)  01:11
[MIN 16-23]
 
  01:11 Dupree Substitution replaced by Bass 
Peters Substitution replaced by Brunson  01:11  
Wright Substitution replaced by White  01:11  
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS)  00:59.9
[MIN 18-23]
 
  00:45.6 Taurasi Turnover : Discontinue Dribble (2 TO) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS)  00:30.9
[MIN 20-23]
 
  00:09.3 Taurasi Foul: Offensive (2 PF) 
  00:09.3 Taurasi Turnover : Foul (3 TO) 
  00:09.3 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Murphy 
White Substitution replaced by Moore  00:09.3  
Whalen Running Jump Shot: Missed  00:01.9  
  00:00.3 Bass Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
End of 1st Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (25-10) Phoenix Mercury (30-5)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
McCarville Jump Shot: Missed  09:46  
  09:43 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Moore Foul: Personal (1 PF)  09:29  
  09:22
[PHO 25-20]
Phillips Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  09:07 Griner Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Whalen Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  09:07
[MIN 21-25]
 
  09:07 Griner Substitution replaced by Dupree 
Whalen Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  09:07  
  09:06 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:55 Murphy Jump Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:53  
  08:44 Murphy Foul: Shooting Block (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS)  08:44
[MIN 22-25]
 
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  08:44
[MIN 23-25]
 
  08:26 Phillips Jump Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:24  
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  08:13  
  08:10 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:03
[PHO 27-23]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taylor (4 AST) 
  07:44 Bass Foul: Personal Block (1 PF) 
  07:44 Phillips Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
  07:44 Murphy Substitution replaced by Bonner 
Whalen Substitution replaced by White  07:44  
White Layup Shot: Missed  07:32  
  07:30 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  07:25 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
McCarville Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:22  
Brunson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Taylor (1 ST)  07:19  
Brunson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  07:19  
McCarville Technical  07:19  
  07:19 Taylor Free Throw Technical Missed 
  07:19 Team Rebound 
  07:19
[PHO 28-23]
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  07:19
[PHO 29-23]
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
McCarville Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Moore (1 AST)  07:06
[MIN 25-29]
 
  06:52 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:51  
Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed  06:44  
  06:42 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
McCarville Substitution replaced by Dantas  06:24  
  06:18
[PHO 31-25]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST) 
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  05:57
[MIN 27-31]
 
  05:40 Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  05:37  
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  05:24  
  05:22 Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
White Foul: Personal (1 PF)  05:13  
  05:13  
  05:13 Bass Substitution replaced by Griner 
Moore Substitution replaced by McCarville  05:13  
Brunson Substitution replaced by Whalen  05:13  
White Substitution replaced by Wright  05:13  
  05:04 Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:02 Dupree Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  04:45
[PHO 34-27]
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Taylor (5 AST) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  04:24  
  04:22 Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  04:10 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
McCarville Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:08  
Wright Jump Shot: Missed  04:01  
  03:59 Bonner Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  03:51
[PHO 36-27]
Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Taylor (6 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:43  
Dantas Substitution replaced by Moore  03:43  
McCarville Jump Shot: Missed  03:24  
Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  03:23  
Moore Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:16
[MIN 29-36]
 
  03:08 Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Moore (1 ST) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  03:00  
  02:58 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  02:41
[PHO 38-29]
Griner Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST) 
Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  02:24  
Wright Substitution replaced by Peters  02:24  
  02:13
[PHO 40-29]
Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Moore Foul: Offensive (2 PF)  01:54  
Moore Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  01:54  
  01:39
[PHO 42-29]
Bonner Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed  01:19  
McCarville Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  01:17  
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  01:04  
Peters Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  01:04  
Peters Tip Shot: Missed  01:04  
  01:02 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:42.9 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:42.9 Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  00:42.9 Griner Tip Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:40.7  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  00:22.9  
  00:20.8 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  00:14.9 Bonner Layup Shot: Missed 
  00:13.7 Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  00:11.9 Bonner Layup Shot: Missed 
McCarville Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  00:09.9  
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  00:02.9
[MIN 31-42]
 
End of 2nd Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (25-10) Phoenix Mercury (30-5)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
McCarville Jump Shot: Missed  09:43  
  09:41 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
Moore Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  09:36  
  09:36
[PHO 43-31]
Griner Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  09:36
[PHO 44-31]
Griner Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Brunson (1 AST)  09:11
[MIN 33-44]
 
  08:50 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
McCarville Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  08:47  
McCarville Jump Shot: Missed Block: Griner (1 BLK)  08:37  
Team Rebound  08:37  
  08:37 Griner Foul: Inbound (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Moore Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  08:37
[MIN 34-44]
 
Moore Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  08:37
[MIN 35-44]
 
Whalen Foul: Personal (2 PF)  08:21  
  08:07
[PHO 47-35]
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Moore (2 AST)  07:47
[MIN 37-47]
 
  07:29 Taylor Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:28 Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
Augustus Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  07:28  
  07:28
[PHO 48-37]
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  07:28
[PHO 49-37]
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  07:16  
  07:14 Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  07:07 Taurasi Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:05 Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  07:03 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
McCarville Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  07:02  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  06:49  
Brunson Rebound (Off:4 Def:2)  06:48  
Brunson Putback Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS)  06:48
[MIN 39-49]
 
McCarville Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  06:32  
  06:32
[PHO 50-39]
Griner Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
McCarville Substitution replaced by Peters  06:32  
  06:32
[PHO 51-39]
Griner Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Griner (2 BLK)  06:10  
  06:08 Taylor Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  05:50
[PHO 53-39]
Taylor Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (4 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:49  
Augustus Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Dupree (1 ST)  05:30  
  05:08 Griner Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:06 Taylor Rebound (Off:2 Def:8) 
  05:04
[PHO 55-39]
Taylor Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Missed  04:49  
  04:46 Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  04:34
[PHO 57-39]
Griner Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Taylor (7 AST) 
Team Timeout : Short  04:33  
Augustus Substitution replaced by Wright  04:33  
Whalen Substitution replaced by White  04:33  
Brunson 3pt Shot: Missed  04:07  
Team Rebound  04:07  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  04:07  
White Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA)  04:00  
  04:00
[PHO 58-39]
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  04:00
[PHO 59-39]
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Peters Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Taylor (2 ST)  03:39  
  03:35
[PHO 61-39]
Taylor Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Peters Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Bonner (2 ST)  03:16  
  03:07
[PHO 63-39]
Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:06  
Moore Substitution replaced by Whalen  03:06  
Peters Substitution replaced by Dantas  03:06  
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed Block: Taurasi (1 BLK)  02:57  
Team Rebound  02:57  
Wright Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Taurasi (2 ST)  02:49  
  02:45 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:White (1 ST) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed Block: Taylor (1 BLK)  02:40  
  02:36 Taylor Rebound (Off:2 Def:9) 
  02:35 Griner Substitution replaced by Bass 
  02:35 Taylor Substitution replaced by Phillips 
  02:28 Bonner Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) 
Wright Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Brunson (2 AST)  02:11
[MIN 41-63]
 
Whalen Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA)  02:00  
  02:00 Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:00 Team Rebound 
  02:00
[PHO 64-41]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Wright Step Back Jump shot: Missed  01:48  
  01:46 Team Rebound 
Dantas Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA)  01:46  
  01:46
[PHO 65-41]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  01:46
[PHO 66-41]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  01:41 Taurasi Foul: Personal Take (3 PF) 
  01:41 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Murphy 
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  01:35
[MIN 43-66]
 
  01:35 Phillips Foul: Shooting Block (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
Whalen Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  01:35  
  01:34 Bass Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  01:16 Phillips 3pt Shot: Missed 
White Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:15  
White Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Phillips (3 ST)  01:12  
  01:06 Murphy 3pt Shot: Missed 
  01:05 Team Rebound 
Dantas Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (2 FTA)  01:05  
  01:05 Bass Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:05 Team Rebound 
  01:05
[PHO 67-43]
Bass Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  00:56.9  
  00:54.8 Bass Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:30.9 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed Block: Wright (1 BLK) 
White Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:27.9  
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: White (1 AST)  00:26.9
[MIN 45-67]
 
  00:12.9 Phillips Layup Shot: Missed 
Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:11.3  
White Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  00:04.9
[MIN 47-67]
 
End of 3rd Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (25-10) Phoenix Mercury (30-5)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
  09:39 Taylor Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Moore (2 ST) 
Moore Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Murphy (1 ST)  09:34  
  09:31 Jump Ball Taylor vs Whalen (Taylor gains possession) 
  09:31 Taylor Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Whalen (1 ST) 
  09:31 Jump Ball Taylor vs Whalen (McCarville gains possession) 
Moore Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  09:23
[MIN 49-67]
 
  09:04 Griner Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) 
  09:04 Phillips Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
  09:04 Bass Substitution replaced by Dupree 
McCarville Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Brunson (3 AST)  08:51
[MIN 51-67]
 
McCarville Foul: Personal (2 PF)  08:41  
  08:41 Murphy Substitution replaced by Bonner 
  08:41 Team 5 Sec Inbound Turnover :  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  08:33  
Team Rebound  08:31  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  08:29  
  08:27 Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  08:05 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:4 Def:3)  08:03  
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS)  07:51
[MIN 53-67]
 
  07:51 Team Timeout : Regular 
  07:40
[PHO 69-53]
Griner Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (5 AST) 
Moore Foul: Shooting Block (4 PF) (1 FTA)  07:40  
  07:40
[PHO 70-53]
Griner Free Throw 1 of 1 (21 PTS) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  07:30  
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  07:28  
Whalen 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Moore (3 AST)  07:18
[MIN 56-70]
 
  07:07 Taurasi Layup Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  07:05  
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (21 PTS)  06:53
[MIN 58-70]
 
  06:31
[PHO 72-58]
Griner Layup Shot: Made (23 PTS) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: McCarville (1 AST)  06:13
[MIN 61-72]
 
  05:51
[PHO 75-61]
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Griner (1 AST) 
  05:37 Dupree Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
McCarville Substitution replaced by Wright  05:37  
  05:28 Taylor Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS)  05:28
[MIN 62-75]
 
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:28  
  05:27 Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  05:19 Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Whalen (2 ST) 
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (23 PTS)  05:16
[MIN 64-75]
 
  05:15 Team Timeout : Short 
  05:06 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Moore (1 BLK) 
  05:06 Team Rebound 
  05:03 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:02 Taylor Rebound (Off:3 Def:9) 
Moore Foul: Shooting Block (5 PF) (2 FTA)  05:02  
  05:02
[PHO 76-64]
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  05:02
[PHO 77-64]
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  04:49  
  04:48 Griner Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  04:28 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:26 Dupree Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  04:24
[PHO 79-64]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Wright 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Whalen (2 AST)  04:08
[MIN 67-79]
 
  03:52 Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:49 Griner Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 
Moore Substitution replaced by McCarville  03:49  
  03:45
[PHO 81-67]
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
McCarville Jump Shot: Missed Block: Griner (3 BLK)  03:29  
  03:29 Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
Wright Foul: Personal (2 PF)  03:29  
  03:15 Taylor Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Augustus (1 ST) 
Whalen 3pt Shot: Missed  03:04  
  03:02 Griner Rebound (Off:3 Def:7) 
  02:37 Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed 
McCarville Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  02:35  
Whalen Pullup Jump shot: Made (25 PTS)  02:29
[MIN 69-81]
 
  02:09 Griner Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:4 Def:4)  02:07  
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  02:01  
  01:59 Bonner Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  01:45 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
  01:42 Griner Rebound (Off:4 Def:7) 
  01:42 Griner Tip Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  01:39  
  01:30 Taylor Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
  01:30  
McCarville Substitution replaced by Moore  01:30  
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  01:30
[MIN 70-81]
 
Brunson Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  01:30
[MIN 71-81]
 
  01:18 Taurasi Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (5 TO) 
Wright 3pt Shot: Missed  01:06  
  01:05 Taurasi Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
Wright Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA)  00:54.2  
  00:54.2
[PHO 82-71]
Taylor Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  00:54.2
[PHO 83-71]
Taylor Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Dupree (1 BLK)  00:41.9  
  00:39.9 Taylor Rebound (Off:3 Def:10) 
Wright Foul: Shooting Block (4 PF) (2 FTA)  00:20.0  
  00:20.0
[PHO 84-71]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS) 
  00:20.0 Bonner Substitution replaced by Bass 
  00:20.0 Griner Substitution replaced by Phillips 
  00:20.0 Taylor Substitution replaced by Murphy 
Moore Substitution replaced by Taylor  00:20.0  
Brunson Substitution replaced by Peters  00:20.0  
Augustus Substitution replaced by Dantas  00:20.0  
Whalen Substitution replaced by McKenith  00:20.0  
Wright Substitution replaced by Liston  00:20.0  
  00:20.0
[PHO 85-71]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS) 
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
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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
Lynx Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .467 .408
FT% .796 .830
Points 81.6 77.0
Rebounds 35.3 31.7
Assists 20.3 15.3
Steals 7.1 7.3
Blocks 3.6 2.3
3-Point % .338 .326
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Mercury Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .484 .503
FT% .812 .871
Points 83.5 86.0
Rebounds 33.7 36.0
Assists 19.4 18.7
Steals 6.9 7.3
Blocks 6.0 5.3
3-Point % .350 .292
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 3
Minnesota Lynx (1-2)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Augustus, Seimone 106:01 19-49 3-10 15-19 2 8 10 7 2 3 2 0 2 56
Brunson, Rebekkah 90:53 8-21 0-1 4-4 10 16 26 5 6 4 2 2 2 20
Dantas, Damiris 25:20 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 2
Liston, Tricia 2:18 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McCarville, Janel 66:21 4-13 0-1 0-0 3 9 12 4 7 0 3 1 2 8
McKenith, Nadirah 2:18 0-1 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Moore, Maya 105:23 19-44 6-18 13-13 6 10 16 10 14 9 11 2 2 57
Peters, Devereaux 26:19 0-3 0-0 0-0 4 3 7 0 2 2 4 1 0 0
Taylor, Asia 2:18 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Whalen, Lindsay 103:28 27-53 3-7 5-10 6 10 16 15 8 2 6 0 4 62
White, Tan 22:23 3-9 1-3 2-2 0 3 3 1 5 1 1 0 1 9
Wright, Monica 46:58 4-15 2-5 3-3 0 3 3 2 9 1 3 1 2 13
Phoenix Mercury (2-1)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Bass, Mistie 26:28 2-5 0-0 1-2 1 4 5 1 3 1 1 1 1 5
Bias, Tiffany 0:41 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bonner, DeWanna 112:04 11-32 5-14 6-7 2 19 21 8 4 4 5 2 2 33
Dupree, Candice 111:49 18-30 0-0 6-6 3 15 18 1 5 4 8 2 2 42
Griner, Brittney 101:02 24-34 0-0 11-11 5 15 20 7 10 0 7 7 1 59
Jekabsone-Zogota, Anete 1:58 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Kobryn, Ewelina 0:41 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Murphy, Eshaya 11:31 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 2 1 0 0 0
Phillips, Erin 44:21 4-11 2-5 2-2 3 5 8 8 6 4 2 1 0 12
Taurasi, Diana 108:06 25-55 5-22 16-21 3 14 17 17 9 3 12 2 0 71
Taylor, Penny 81:19 10-19 1-5 12-13 4 14 18 13 12 4 4 1 1 33