Mercury Fall to Lynx, Game 3 Tuesday

By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com
Posted: August 31, 2014

The Minnesota Lynx are the defending WNBA Champions for a reason.

Indeed, they proved that in an 82-77 Game 2 win Sunday afternoon against the Mercury.

The best-of-three series shifts back to Phoenix for the deciding Game 3 at US Airways Center on Tuesday, September 2 at 7 p.m.

It was a back and forth game all night with the Mercury leading by 13 at one point. But Minnesota clawed their way back in the second half thanks to 13 fourth quarter points from Maya Moore. Tied at 75 with 23.3 seconds left, Seimone Augustus hit a 15-foot jumper and was fouled by DeWanna Bonner to put the Lynx up three and ultimately sealing their victory.

In a reversal from Game 1, Minnesota hit 22-of-25 from the foul line in Game 2 compared to 15-of-16 for the Mercury. Phoenix shot 47 percent from the field compared to Minnesota's 40 percent, but a 26-15 fourth quarter for the Lynx was too much for the Mercury to overcome.

Diana Taurasi finished with 23 points, six boards and five dimes while Candice Dupree added 18 points and nine rebounds. Brittney Griner had 14 points for Phoenix.

The Mercury hosts the Lynx in Game 3 of the 2014 WNBA Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, September 2 at 7 p.m.

X-FACTOR

Erin Phillips played amazing basketball off the bench with 10 points, four rebounds and four assists.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Diana Taurasi tallied 23 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Mercury.

STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT

11 - the number of offensive rebounds by the Lynx to the Mercury's five.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT