Mercury hold off Sky in OT in Game 2 to even series


PHOENIX — The Phoenix Mercury rallied in the fourth quarter Wednesday night and Diana Taurasi starred in overtime to edge the Chicago Sky 91-86 and even the WNBA Finals at 1-1.

Game 3 of the best-of-5 series is Friday in Chicago.

Leading 63-57 after the third quarter, the Sky turned back a Mercury charge led by Taurasi on consecutive 3-pointers by Stefanie Dolson and Allie Quigley and appeared to lead 72-65 with 5:57 left.

After a replay review, though, a Diamond DeShields 3-pointer was ruled to be after the shot clock, cutting the Sky lead to four.

Brianna Turner scored on an alley-oop pass from Skylar Diggins-Smith, followed by a Brittney Griner 3-point play, putting the Mercury ahead 70-69 at 4:39.

Brittney Griner, left, had a game-high 29 points and Skylar Diggins-Smith had 13 for the Mercury in their Game 2 win.

Quigley answered for the Sky with a 3-pointer, then Turner scored on a layup after a steal for 72-all at 3:45. Griner scored off a pass from Diggins-Smith at 2:46 for a two-point Mercury lead.

Even with the large home crowd, including members of the Phoenix Suns, on its feet cheering and doing the wave, Courtney Vandersloot scored on a drive for 74-74 at 2:32.

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