Diana Taurasi made a three-pointer, and Candace Parker competed with her, allowing the Phoenix Mercury to extend the lead with 1:24 remaining in overtime Three points, and Skylar Diggins-Smith (Skylar Diggins-Smith) extended the lead to five points with 12.8 points left in the game, after which the Chicago Sky team managed to reach 91 The score of -86 defeated the 2021 WNBA Finals, and the Mercury tied the score with a score of 1-1.
Taurasi once again proved to be the deadliest player in the playoffs and proved why Mercury was defeated after 37 points in the second game of the semifinals against the Las Vegas Aces. team. She separated by 4 overtime, followed by a layup by Diggins Smith, giving Phoenix a 6-point lead. Chicago hit back to equalize the score, but failed to recover from two goals conceded twice in the five-minute game.
Taurasi, Diggins-Smith and Brittney Griner formed a seemingly unstoppable force when they all clicked.
Griner (12 of 19 shots on the field) scored 29 points, including the first dunk in WNBA Finals history, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks, including a block by Kahleah Copper, which prevented the Sky from leading 1:34. over time.
Diggins-Smith had 13 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds, while Taurasi had 20 points. Brianna Turner had 8 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Shey Peddy had 10 points and 5 assists. Sophie Cunningham made 3 of 4 shots from beyond the arc. 9 points.
The Sky team only got 4 free throws, while Phoenix got 11 free throws.
Sky point guard Courtney Vandersloot (20 points, 14 assists, 5 steals) made a beautiful cut between Diggins-Smith and Griner, scoring a layup with 4.4 seconds left in the game, forcing overtime. After Copper’s offensive rebounds and three-pointers, to narrow the four-point gap to one point, Pedi made 1 of 2 shots.
Phoenix established a four-point lead with a score of 13-5 when Diamond DeShields’ three-pointer was taken from the rebound by the Chicago team because it was after the buzzer.
In the third quarter, Parker scored 7 points in Chicago’s 9-0 game, changing the score from 44-42 Phoenix to 51-44 Sky. Van der Slaughter made two three-pointers and a mid-range shot in the rest of the third quarter, helping the Sky maintain a six-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The Chicago team led 30-22, and then Diggins-Smith made a three-pointer in the right corner to overtake Stephanie Dolson. Cunningham followed closely and the three-pointer made the audience crazy. Turner then tied the score with a layup.
The Sky team led 21-12 in the first quarter, leading 6-0, including Allie Quigley’s mid-range shot, copper layup and Parker’s inside.
Parker finished with stable data of 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Quigley missed her first seven three-pointers but ended up with 3 of 5 shots and 19 points and 6 rebounds. Copper had 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Azurá Stevens had 9 and 9.
The Chicago team beat the Mercury team six times, and coach James Wade has repeatedly criticized his team for taking unwise three-pointers. The Sky team made 25 attempts on the rules; they averaged 21.2 shots per game during the regular season. However, the Sky team also scored 50 points in the paint.
The Sky team once again failed to use De Hield’s offensive talent. She played only 10 minutes and 11 seconds, made 1 of 2 shots and scored two points.
The series has now moved to the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, where the third game will be sold out.