After a bit of a blowout in Game 1, the 2021 WNBA Finals resumed in style on Wednesday night with the type of thriller we’ve come to expect from this postseason. The Phoenix Mercury escaped with a 91-86 overtime win over the Chicago Sky in Game 2 to even the series at 1-1.
Down by four with less than 30 seconds to play in regulation, the Sky came back and tied things up on a tough Courtney Vandersloot layup with 4.4 seconds to play. But in overtime, the Mercury made sure to take care of business, and pulled away late thanks to some big buckets from Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins Smith, who combined for all 12 of Phoenix’s points in the extra frame.
But while those two came up clutch late, it was the Brittney Griner show for most of the game. She was tremendous right from the opening tip, throwing down a dunk and scoring the Mercury’s first 10 points to help them stay in the game early. When the final buzzer sounded, she had tied her playoff career-high with 29 points and added nine rebounds and two blocks in 41 minutes.
The Sky will be kicking themselves because they let a nine-point lead slip away. If they could have found a way to finish out this game, they would have taken a commanding 2-0 lead back home. As it is, they’re still in good shape after stealing homecourt advantage in Game 1, and have a chance to close things out in Chicago if they can win Games 3 and 4. Courtney Vandersloot led the way in defeat, finishing with 20 points, 14 assists and five steals in another brilliant performance.
Game 3 is set for Friday night in Chicago.
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