Back with a Bang: Maya Moore's 48 Points, Two Milestone Games Highlight Wild Tuesday
The 2014 WNBA All-Star Game, an overtime thriller in Phoenix featuring a record-breaking performance by Shoni Schimmel, appeared to be the climax of the WNBA regular season. Then Tuesday night happened.
The first game night back from the four-day break turned into one of the wildest nights in league history, featuring three career-high scoring outbursts, a 2013 Finals rematch that went to two overtimes and a winning streak that reached 13 games.
Here's the rundown, in case you missed it:
The league's leading MVP candidate played like it in a rollercoaster 2013 WNBA Finals rematch against Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream.
Her 48 points -- 10 in the first quarter, 13 in the second, 15 in the third, 2 in the fourth and 7 in the two overtimes -- were the second most in league history, behind Riquina Williams' 51 last season. She shot a blistering 7-of-9 from beyond the arc and added 10 rebounds for good measure.
we're going to paraphrase David After Dentist and just say it: was that real life?!? #MayaClinic w/ a franchise record/career-high 48 PTS! Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) July 23, 2014
Whatever @MooreMaya had for pregame I'll take two... please and thank you! Can you say in a zone👀 Swin Cash (@SwinCash) July 23, 2014
The Tulsa Shock's fast-rising backcourt of breakout sophomore Skylar Diggins and rookie No. 2 overall pick Odyssey Sims combined for 73 points on 29-for-43 shooting.
And the Shock lost.
That's because the Stars hung right with Tulsa, shooting 55% themselves, until All-Star Danielle Robinson drove in for the game-winning layup with 3.5 seconds left.
Normally Skylar Diggins' 34 points would lead the team, but right now it's not. Tulsa Shock (@TulsaShock) July 23, 2014
3 games coming down to the wire. Career high nights for Moore & Sims . Good night around the @WNBA so far, and another gem still to come... WNBA (@WNBA) July 23, 2014
You know it was a crazy night when the 19-3 Mercury get buried in the footnotes. But the Phoenix machine kept rolling against the Storm, with Diana Taurasi leading the way with 22 points on 8/10 and Brittney Griner chipping in 17 points (8/12), 7 rebounds and 5 blocks.
It was the Mercury's 13th consecutive win (eight by double-digits), the third-longest streak in WNBA history. The 2001 L.A. Sparks hold the record with 18 straight in 2001, on their way to a league-record 28 wins on the season.
Tonight, the @PhoenixMercury won their 19th game of the season. Last year, the 2013 Mercury finished the season with 19 wins overall. Ben York (@bjyork) July 23, 2014