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By AL BRAVO
Posted Sep 03 2014 1:35AM

PHOENIX (AP) Diana Taurasi has always had a knack for playing her best in the biggest games.

Taurasi scored 31 points, including hitting a key 50-footer at the end of the third quarter, to lift the Phoenix Mercury to a 96-78 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday night in the decisive game of the Western Conference finals.

Taurasi improved to 7-0 in her career in winner-take-all games.

''There is no player in the world I would rather have on my team,'' Mercury coach Sandy Brondello said.

Down eight points at the half, Minnesota clawed back to tie the game at 67 before Taurasi took over. She hit a jumper and then connected on her shot from the other side of halfcourt to give the Mercury a five-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

She then scored the first eight points of the fourth to put the game away and give Phoenix an 80-67 lead with 7:19 left. Minnesota had eliminated Phoenix in the 2011 and 2013 en route to winning the title.

''For the most part, going in to the last couple of minutes of the third, they got the momentum, they were playing well, they were feeling good, they were making us feel uncomfortable,'' Taurasi said. ''Couple of plays turns that.''

Taurasi admitted that she hadn't made many halfcourt shots in practice.

''I never make them, I don't think I have made one all year,'' Taurasi said. ''I'll miss them all year to make that one.''

Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello noted the shot got the crowd back in the game after Minnesota had erased a double-digit lead in the final 90 seconds of the third.

''When anyone makes a big shot like that, you just think, `okay, it's our night,''' Brondello said. ''The look in their eyes, we just knew.''

The Mercury, which had the best record in the league, will face the winner of Wednesday's Chicago-Indiana game.

''I thought that Phoenix played great, they were hard to play against,'' said Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve, who got ejected after receiving two technical fouls with 1:58 left. ''It's not like we played that bad. I got a good team. I thought that we just didn't get done some things we were trying to do on Griner and then Dee. I saw Dee before the game and I told our staff, `Dee's got a bounce in her step.'''

Minnesota, which had made the WNBA Finals the past three seasons, missed its first 10 shots of the fourth period, falling behind 85-67 midway through the quarter.

Seimone Augustus had 13 of her 21 points in the third quarter as the Lynx erased a 10-point deficit. Lindsay Whalen had 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists but missed four straight shots to start the fourth quarter.

''Taurasi hits a halfcourt shot, tough shot, that was momentum, that was a momentum play for them,'' Whalen said. ''After that we had a hard time getting stops, we started taking tough shots, they weren't falling, the shots that were falling in the first, weren't.''

Moore had 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting.

''We put a lot of pressure on Lindsay, Seimone and Maya to have to make plays,'' Reeve said. ''I got nothing out of my post players. That was unfortunate from an offensive standpoint.''

Whalen, Augustus and Moore scored 57 of the Lynx's 78 points. Center Janel McCarville was held scoreless and Rebekkah Brunson had four points and eight rebounds.

Phoenix outscored Minnesota 56-34 in the lane.

''We just had an aggressive mentality tonight,'' Brondello said. ''I thought in the second game we did not and tonight we went back to doing what we do best.''

Brittney Griner had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists for Phoenix. DeWanna Bonner and Candice Dupree each added 14 for the Mercury.

Phoenix, 29-5 during the regular season, has not been in the finals since winning the title in 2009. The Mercury have won 18 straight home games, last losing to San Antonio on May 23.


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Lynx
Mercury
     
    • 42.3%

    • 58.7%

    • 31.6%

    • 46.2%

    • 80.0%

    • 84.2%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
MIN PHO
Total Rebounds 6 4
Offensive Rebounds 11 4
Turnovers 8 11
Fast Break Pts: 8 3
Biggest Lead: 2 22
Points in the Paint: 36 56
MIN PHO
p Augustus   21 Taurasi   31
rb 2 players   8 Bonner   7
a Whalen   6 Taurasi   7
s Moore   4 6 players   1
b 3 players   1 4 players   1
 
  • 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 36:40 6-14 0-5 4-4 -26 2 1 3 5 5 4 4 1 1 16
R. Brunson F 24:18 2-9 0-0 0-0 -22 3 5 8 0 4 1 0 0 1 4
J. McCarville C 17:45 0-1 0-1 0-0 -8 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
S. Augustus G 35:30 8-19 2-5 3-4 -22 1 6 7 2 1 0 0 0 1 21
L. Whalen G 35:16 9-16 2-4 0-2 -24 2 6 8 6 2 0 3 0 0 20
M. Wright   14:49 2-5 1-1 3-3 +5 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 8
T. White   06:13 2-3 1-2 0-0 +4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
D. Dantas   09:55 0-0 0-0 0-0 +7 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Peters   13:40 0-2 0-0 0-0 -16 2 2 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
N. McKenith   01:58 0-1 0-1 2-2 +4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
T. Liston   01:58 0-0 0-0 0-0 +4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Taylor   01:58 1-1 0-0 0-0 +4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Total   200 30-71 6-19 12-15   11 21 32 17 15 6 8 3 4 78
  42.3% 31.6% 80.0%   team rebs: 6 total to: 9
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 35:59 5-13 1-5 3-3 +18 0 7 7 1 0 1 1 1 1 14
C. Dupree F 34:49 5-9 0-0 4-4 +13 0 4 4 1 1 1 3 0 0 14
B. Griner C 31:56 9-12 0-0 4-4 +27 1 5 6 4 4 0 1 1 1 22
P. Taylor F 25:39 4-6 1-2 1-1 +17 0 3 3 3 5 1 0 0 0 10
D. Taurasi G 34:44 12-17 3-5 4-7 +29 0 5 5 7 4 1 4 1 0 31
E. Phillips   15:13 0-1 0-0 0-0 -2 2 2 4 3 2 1 0 1 0 0
M. Bass   12:34 1-4 0-0 0-0 -2 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 2
S. Murphy   05:46 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 0
A. Jekabsone-Zogota   01:58 1-1 1-1 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
E. Kobryn   00:41 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Bias   00:41 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   200 37-63 6-13 16-19   4 27 31 21 20 6 11 4 3 96
  58.7% 46.2% 84.2%   team rebs: 4 total to: 12

inactive

  • Lynx: --
  • Mercury: --

technical fouls

  • Lynx: Reeve, Reeve
  • Mercury: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 2
  • Times Tied: 5

arena stats

  • Arena: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Officials: #42 Roy Gulbeyan, #39 Michael Price, #9 Denise Brooks
  • Attendance: 9749
  • Duration: 1:51
Minnesota Lynx (25-10) Phoenix Mercury (30-5)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Griner vs McCarville (Taurasi gains possession) 
  09:42
[PHO 2-0]
Griner Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (1 AST) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Whalen (1 AST)  09:25
[MIN 2-2]
 
  09:09 Griner Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:07  
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  08:56  
McCarville Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:55  
Whalen Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:38
[MIN 4-2]
 
  08:14 Bonner Jump Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:13  
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  08:08  
  08:07 Griner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:59
[PHO 4-4]
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  07:41  
  07:40 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:33 Griner Jump Shot: Missed Block: McCarville (1 BLK) 
  07:33 Team Rebound 
  07:33 Jump Ball Griner vs McCarville 
McCarville Violation:Jump Ball  07:33  
  07:23
[PHO 6-4]
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
  07:17 Taurasi Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) 
Moore Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: McCarville (1 AST)  07:13
[MIN 6-6]
 
  06:49
[PHO 8-6]
Dupree Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Whalen (2 AST)  06:33
[MIN 8-8]
 
  06:28 Griner Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  06:28 Griner Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  06:12  
  06:11 Team Rebound 
  05:51
[PHO 10-8]
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Moore Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Bonner (1 ST)  05:39  
  05:26
[PHO 12-8]
Taylor Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:18  
Whalen 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Augustus (1 AST)  05:02
[MIN 11-12]
 
  04:42
[PHO 14-11]
Taylor Jump Bank Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Augustus Pullup Jump shot: Missed  04:30  
  04:29 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:21
[PHO 16-11]
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (2 AST) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)  04:01
[MIN 13-16]
 
  03:47
[PHO 18-13]
Griner Jump Bank Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Taylor (1 AST) 
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Whalen (3 AST)  03:31
[MIN 15-18]
 
  03:14
[PHO 20-15]
Griner Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  02:53  
  02:52 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:50 Taurasi Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Brunson (1 ST) 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  02:45  
Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  02:44  
Moore Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  02:42
[MIN 17-20]
 
  02:27
[PHO 23-17]
Bonner 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Griner (1 AST) 
Brunson Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  02:02
[MIN 19-23]
 
  01:43
[PHO 25-19]
Taurasi Running Bank shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Brunson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  01:43  
  01:43 Taylor Substitution replaced by Phillips 
McCarville Substitution replaced by Wright  01:43  
Whalen Substitution replaced by White  01:43  
  01:43
[PHO 26-19]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS) 
Moore Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Wright (1 AST)  01:28
[MIN 21-26]
 
  01:08 Dupree Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:07  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  00:58.9  
  00:57.9 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:53.9 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:52.0 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  00:52.0
[PHO 28-21]
Griner Tip Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Wright Jump Shot: Missed  00:29.9  
  00:28.5 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:09.9 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:08.9 Phillips Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  00:04.9 Bonner Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:03.9  
End of 1st Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (25-10) Phoenix Mercury (30-5)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
Wright Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  09:44  
  09:44 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Moore Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  09:28  
  09:28
[PHO 29-21]
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  09:28
[PHO 30-21]
Bonner Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Moore (1 AST)  09:17
[MIN 23-30]
 
  08:58
[PHO 32-23]
Dupree Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Phillips (1 AST) 
White 3pt Shot: Missed  08:38  
Moore Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  08:37  
  08:37 Phillips Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Moore Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  08:37
[MIN 24-32]
 
  08:37 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Taylor 
Moore Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  08:37
[MIN 25-32]
 
  08:25 Bass Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  08:25 Bass Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Wright 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Whalen (4 AST)  08:13
[MIN 28-32]
 
  07:48 Bonner Running Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:47 Bass Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  07:46 Bass Layup Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  07:44  
Moore Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Dupree (1 ST)  07:38  
  07:28
[PHO 34-28]
Bonner Driving Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Wright Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  07:28  
Moore Substitution replaced by McCarville  07:28  
White Substitution replaced by Augustus  07:28  
  07:28
[PHO 35-28]
Bonner Free Throw 1 of 1 (12 PTS) 
Augustus Running Jump Shot: Missed  07:12  
  07:11 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:02 Taylor Driving Jump shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:01  
Whalen 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS)  06:43
[MIN 31-35]
 
  06:29 Taylor 3pt Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:29  
Wright Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Whalen (5 AST)  06:24
[MIN 33-35]
 
  06:24 Taylor Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
  06:24 Bass Substitution replaced by Griner 
Wright Free Throw 1 of 1 (6 PTS)  06:24
[MIN 34-35]
 
  06:20 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:20 Bonner Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
  06:20 Dupree Substitution replaced by Bass 
  06:20 Phillips Substitution replaced by Murphy 
Dantas Substitution replaced by Brunson  06:20  
Augustus Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  06:06  
  06:06
[PHO 36-34]
Griner Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Wright Substitution replaced by Moore  06:06  
  06:06
[PHO 37-34]
Griner Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Whalen 3pt Shot: Missed  05:46  
Augustus Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:44  
Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed  05:27  
  05:26 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:18
[PHO 39-34]
Griner Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (3 AST) 
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Moore (2 AST)  05:03
[MIN 36-39]
 
  04:46
[PHO 41-36]
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Moore Pullup Jump shot: Made (10 PTS)  04:32
[MIN 38-41]
 
  04:17
[PHO 43-38]
Taurasi Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Taylor (2 AST) 
Whalen Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  04:17  
  04:17 Taylor Substitution replaced by Bonner 
McCarville Substitution replaced by Dantas  04:17  
  04:17 Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:17  
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  04:05  
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:03  
Brunson Tip Shot: Missed  04:03  
  04:02 Murphy Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:55 Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  03:54  
  03:46 Bass Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
  03:46 Bass Substitution replaced by Dupree 
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  03:39  
Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  03:38  
Augustus Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  03:17
[MIN 40-43]
 
  03:05 Murphy Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  03:05 Murphy Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Murphy (1 ST)  02:48  
  02:33 Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  02:32  
  02:32  
  02:32 Murphy Substitution replaced by Taylor 
Augustus Pullup Jump shot: Missed  02:08  
  02:07 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Moore Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA)  01:58  
  01:58
[PHO 44-40]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  01:58
[PHO 45-40]
Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  01:39  
  01:38 Team Rebound 
  01:26
[PHO 47-40]
Griner Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (4 AST) 
Brunson Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA)  01:26  
  01:26
[PHO 48-40]
Griner Free Throw 1 of 1 (15 PTS) 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed Block: Bonner (1 BLK)  01:12  
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  01:10  
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  01:03  
Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  01:02  
  00:56.8 Taylor Foul: Personal Block (2 PF) 
Whalen 3pt Shot: Missed  00:44.9  
  00:43.5 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:25.9
[PHO 50-40]
Taurasi Pullup Jump shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:21.5  
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS)  00:05.9
[MIN 42-50]
 
  00:00.8 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (25-10) Phoenix Mercury (30-5)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  09:49  
  09:31
[PHO 52-42]
Taylor Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Griner (2 AST) 
Augustus 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Moore (3 AST)  09:09
[MIN 45-52]
 
  08:56
[PHO 55-45]
Taylor 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (5 AST) 
Augustus 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: McCarville (2 AST)  08:28
[MIN 48-55]
 
  08:18 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Taurasi (1 BLK)  07:55  
Whalen Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  07:53  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  07:53  
  07:39
[PHO 57-48]
Griner Running Hook Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (6 AST) 
  07:28 Taylor Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
McCarville Substitution replaced by Wright  07:28  
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  07:19  
  07:18 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  07:07 Dupree Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Moore (1 ST) 
Whalen Pullup Jump shot: Made (16 PTS)  07:01
[MIN 50-57]
 
  06:49
[PHO 59-50]
Dupree Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Taurasi (7 AST) 
Moore Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA)  06:49  
  06:49
[PHO 60-50]
Dupree Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS) 
  06:38 Griner Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Wright Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  06:38
[MIN 51-60]
 
Wright Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  06:38
[MIN 52-60]
 
  06:27 Taurasi Jump Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  06:26  
  06:26 Taylor Foul: Personal (4 PF) 
  06:26 Taylor Substitution replaced by Phillips 
Moore Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Augustus (2 AST)  06:03
[MIN 54-60]
 
Brunson Foul: Personal (3 PF)  05:48  
  05:38 Phillips Driving Jump shot: Missed 
  05:38 Phillips Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
Brunson Foul: Personal (4 PF)  05:38  
Brunson Substitution replaced by Peters  05:38  
  05:31
[PHO 63-54]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Phillips (2 AST) 
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Moore (4 AST)  05:07
[MIN 56-63]
 
  04:52 Dupree Turnover : Traveling (2 TO) 
  04:52  
Wright Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Taurasi (1 ST)  04:36  
  04:29 Taurasi Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Moore (2 ST) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  04:11  
Peters Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  04:10  
  04:07 Griner Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS)  04:07
[MIN 57-63]
 
  04:07 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Taylor 
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS)  04:07
[MIN 58-63]
 
  03:55
[PHO 65-58]
Bonner Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Griner (3 AST) 
Augustus Running Bank shot: Made (18 PTS)  03:33
[MIN 60-65]
 
  03:13 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Moore (1 BLK) 
Augustus Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  03:11  
  03:06 Phillips Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:06  
Team Rebound  03:06  
  03:06 Phillips Substitution replaced by Taurasi 
Whalen Substitution replaced by McCarville  03:06  
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (19 PTS)  03:06
[MIN 61-65]
 
  02:51
[PHO 67-61]
Dupree Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Griner (4 AST) 
Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed  02:34  
  02:33 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:30 Bonner Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Moore (3 ST) 
  02:30 Griner Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) 
Moore Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  02:30
[MIN 62-67]
 
  02:30 Griner Substitution replaced by Bass 
Moore Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  02:30
[MIN 63-67]
 
  02:19 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  02:18  
Augustus Driving Jump shot: Made (21 PTS)  02:09
[MIN 65-67]
 
  02:03 Team Timeout : Regular 
Wright Substitution replaced by Whalen  02:03  
  01:42 Bonner 3pt Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  01:41  
Moore Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Whalen (6 AST)  01:25
[MIN 67-67]
 
  01:09
[PHO 69-67]
Taurasi Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS) 
McCarville 3pt Shot: Missed  00:49.9  
  00:48.8 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:24.9 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  00:23.6  
Whalen Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  00:02.0  
  00:00.2
[PHO 72-67]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (23 PTS) 
End of 3rd Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (25-10) Phoenix Mercury (30-5)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
  09:43 Griner Layup Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  09:42  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  09:27  
  09:26 Taurasi Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
McCarville Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  09:21  
  09:21
[PHO 73-67]
Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 2 (24 PTS) 
McCarville Substitution replaced by Brunson  09:21  
  09:21 Taurasi Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Peters Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  09:20  
Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed  09:10  
  09:09 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:53
[PHO 75-67]
Taurasi Layup Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: Taylor (3 AST) 
Team Timeout : Short  08:51  
  08:41 Taylor Foul: Personal (5 PF) 
  08:41 Taylor Substitution replaced by Phillips 
Whalen Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  08:35  
  08:34 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  08:14 Bass Layup Shot: Missed Block: Peters (1 BLK) 
Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  08:13  
  08:04 Taurasi Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
  08:04 Bass Substitution replaced by Dupree 
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  08:00  
Peters Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  07:58  
Peters Layup Shot: Missed  07:58  
  07:55 Dupree Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  07:46
[PHO 77-67]
Taurasi Driving Layup Shot: Made (28 PTS) 
Moore Foul: Shooting Block (4 PF) (1 FTA)  07:46  
  07:46 Taurasi Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  07:45  
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  07:37  
  07:36 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  07:20
[PHO 80-67]
Taurasi 3pt Shot: Made (31 PTS) Assist: Dupree (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  07:19  
Whalen Layup Shot: Missed  07:06  
  07:05 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  06:42 Dupree Jump Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  06:41  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed Block: Phillips (1 BLK)  06:28  
  06:27 Phillips Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  06:21 Bonner Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Peters Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  06:17  
Whalen Jump Shot: Missed  06:06  
  06:05 Griner Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  05:45
[PHO 82-67]
Griner Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Phillips (3 AST) 
Whalen Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA)  05:45  
Brunson Substitution replaced by Wright  05:45  
  05:45
[PHO 83-67]
Griner Free Throw 1 of 1 (20 PTS) 
Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Phillips (1 ST)  05:33  
  05:12
[PHO 85-67]
Griner Turnaround Bank shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Bonner (1 AST) 
Peters Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  04:45  
  04:43 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  04:32 Dupree Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Moore (4 ST) 
  04:32 Dupree Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Moore (5 AST)  04:23
[MIN 69-85]
 
  04:10
[PHO 87-69]
Dupree Running Bank shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  03:54  
  03:53 Phillips Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  03:31 Taurasi 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  03:30  
Team Timeout : Short  03:28  
  03:28 Phillips Substitution replaced by Taylor 
Wright Jump Shot: Missed Block: Griner (1 BLK)  03:07  
Team Rebound  03:07  
Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Taylor (1 ST)  03:04  
Wright Foul: Personal (2 PF)  03:03  
  02:44 Taurasi Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Peters (1 ST) 
  02:37 Taurasi Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
  02:37 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:27 Taurasi Foul: Loose Ball (4 PF) (2 FTA) 
Whalen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:27  
Team Rebound  02:27  
Whalen Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  02:27  
  02:27 Taylor Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:18 Team Turnover : 8 Second Violation 
Augustus Running Jump Shot: Missed  02:12  
  02:11 Bonner Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
Moore Foul: Personal (5 PF) (2 FTA)  01:58  
Reeve Technical  01:58  
  01:58
[PHO 88-69]
Taylor Free Throw Technical (10 PTS) 
  01:58
[PHO 89-69]
Dupree Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Moore Substitution replaced by McKenith  01:58  
Augustus Substitution replaced by Liston  01:58  
Whalen Substitution replaced by Taylor  01:58  
Wright Substitution replaced by Dantas  01:58  
Peters Substitution replaced by White  01:58  
Reeve Technical  01:58  
  01:58
[PHO 90-69]
Dupree Free Throw Technical (13 PTS) 
  01:58 Bonner Substitution replaced by Bass 
  01:58 Griner Substitution replaced by Murphy 
  01:58 Taylor Substitution replaced by Phillips 
  01:58 Taurasi Substitution replaced by Jekabsone-Zogota 
  01:58
[PHO 91-69]
Dupree Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
White 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: McKenith (1 AST)  01:36
[MIN 72-91]
 
  01:20
[PHO 93-72]
Bass Jump Bank Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Murphy (1 AST) 
Taylor Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  01:03
[MIN 74-93]
 
  00:45.9
[PHO 96-74]
Jekabsone-Zogota 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Bass (1 AST) 
  00:40.6 Murphy Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
McKenith Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  00:40.6
[MIN 75-96]
 
  00:40.6 Dupree Substitution replaced by Kobryn 
  00:40.6 Phillips Substitution replaced by Bias 
McKenith Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  00:40.6
[MIN 76-96]
 
  00:29.9 Bass Jump Shot: Missed 
Dantas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:28.5  
McKenith 3pt Shot: Missed  00:21.9  
Team Rebound  00:20.4  
White Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS)  00:11.8
[MIN 78-96]
 
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