Mercury finish sweep of Sky for third WNBA title
CHICAGO (AP) — Phoenix, playing without star center Brittney Griner, beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 on Friday to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship.
Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 24 points each and DeWanna Bonner added 12 points for the Mercury, who also won titles in 2007 and 2009. Griner sat out following surgery to correct a retina after she was hit in the right eye in Game 2.
Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points, Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and Allie Quigley had 19 for the Sky.
Taurasi hit a tiebreaking short jumper and was fouled with 14.3 seconds left and made the ensuing free throw to put Phoenix up 85-82.
Delle Donne missed a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, and the Sky fouled Penny Taylor, who made both free throws with 9.3 seconds left for the final score.
Taurasi, who was 4 for 9 on 3s, scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and became the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer in the finals. Phoenix, which had a WNBA-record 29 wins during the regular season, shot 49.3 percent overall from the field.
Chicago was the first team with a losing record during the regular season to reach the finals.