Griner’s dunk, Taurasi’s OT explosion assist Mercury even WNBA Finals in opposition to Sky

Brittney Griner dunked while scoring 29 factors, Diana Taurasi had eight of her 20 factors in time beyond regulation and the Phoenix Mercury evened the WNBA Finals with a 91-86 win over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday evening in Game 2.

Griner saved the Mercury inside attain of Chicago throughout a sluggish begin and introduced the Phoenix Suns gamers sitting courtside to their toes with her second profession playoff dunk within the first quarter. She scored on a turnaround soar to assist in giving Phoenix a late four-point lead in regulation, however simply missed blocking Courtney Vandersloot’s tying layup with 4.4 seconds left.

“I mean BG was so big for us the whole game,” Taurasi stated. “She’s just incredible. She kept us in the game when we weren’t playing well.”

Taurasi opened time beyond regulation with a four-point play and added a 3-pointer that put Phoenix up 89-86 with 1:24 left. She then got here up with an enormous defensive play, getting a steal with 36 seconds left.

WATCH | Griner’s dunk ignites Mercury:

Brittney Griner throws down dunk during Game 2 of WNBA Finals

Phoenix Mercury centre Brittney Griner with a slam dunk against the Chicago Sky during the first quarter of Game 2 of the WNBA Finals. 0:29

Skylar Diggins-Smith, who had 13 points and 12 assists, sealed it on a layup with 12.8 seconds left.

“In overtime we let it rip,” Taurasi said. “We talked to each other and said it will be our best five minutes of basketball and it happened.”

Vandersloot led the Sky with 20 points and 14 assists. Allie Quigley added 19 points.

Game 3 is Friday in Chicago.

WATCH | Mercury outlast Sky in OT:

Mercury even WNBA Finals with time beyond regulation victory over Sky

Phoenix beats Chicago 91-86 in time beyond regulation to tie the WNBA Finals at 1-1. 0:49

Chicago overcame some early jitters and took benefit of the short-handed and fatigued to win Game 1 91-77. Candace Parker was a chilled affect while scoring 16 factors and Kahleah Copper scored 21 factors.

Phoenix was with out guards Kia Nurse (torn ACL) and Sophie Cunningham (calf), and needed to play two days after clinching its semifinal collection in Las Vegas.

The Mercury had extra prep time and Cunningham again within the lineup after lacking three video games, however was disjointed early.

WATCH | Sky roll to Game 1 win:

Sky blow out Mercury in Game 1 of WNBA Finals

Kahleah Copper led Chicago with 21 factors and ten rebounds en path to their 91-77 victory over Phoenix to take a 1-0 lead within the WNBA Finals. 0:33

Chicago, one of many WNBA’s top offensive groups, was at its free-flowing greatest, its crisp passing establishing open appears to be like. The Sky knocked ’em down early, hitting 7 of their first 12 pictures to take an early nine-point lead.

Phoenix went to Griner early and infrequently. The 6-foot-9 centre delivered with an early dunk after the Sky inexplicably left her alone within the lane, bringing the Suns gamers to their toes, and had 14 factors by halftime.

Cunningham hit a pair of 3-pointers to deliver the Mercury again from the early deficit and hit one other after a depraved crossover to assist Phoenix pull even at 40-all at halftime.

Chicago revved up its offence once more to start out the third quarter, constructing a seven-point lead. Phoenix countered by getting the ball again in to Griner to assist the Mercury surge again into the lead within the fourth quarter.

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