How's that saying go again? Oh that's, right. We have Diana Taurasi and you don't.
It was a fairly unimpressive game for the reigning MVP up until the final seconds of the contest. The Mercury, having given up 34 points to the Minnesota Lynx in the first quarter, trailed the entire game until DT went all super-star in the final 30 seconds.
Down four with 22 seconds, Taurasi dribbled off a screen and pulled up for a fairly well-contested, 16-foot jump shot. Then down four again with 12 seconds, she pulled up for a contested 3-pointer. Down two on the final possession, the entire Lynx defense collapsed on her drive so she rose up and found DeWanna Bonner, who hit a baseline jumper to tie the game that the Lynx at one point lead by 17.
In the first overtime, the Mercury spread things around with five players all recording two points each. But when the game went to a second extra period and Penny Taylor fouled out, Taurasi had enough. She attacked relentlessly and scored seven of her 11 points from the line.
Candice Dupree paced the Mercury with a career-high 32 points and 16 rebounds, her sixth double-double of the season. She continues to play fantastic basketball, showing amazing touch around the rim and the ability to catch and finish on the move. The Mercury are using her to great effect in pick-and-roll situations with either Taurasi or Taylor able to draw enough attention with their scoring abilities that Dupree is finding herself open rolling down the lane.
Bonner not only sent the game into overtime with her key shot but had a crucial weak-side block on Charde Houston to seal the victory. She finished the game with 20 points (8-for-10) and five rebounds.
The Mercury won its third consecutive game and improved to 10-12 on the season. Phoenix is in second place in the Western Conference. For the second consecutive game, and the third time this season, the league's highest scoring team set a WNBA record for points in a single game with 127. The Mercury scored 123 in a regulation-time win over the Tulsa Shock on Thursday.
Kara Braxton, who was acquired in a trade on Friday, recorded seven points and two rebounds in 15 minutes in her Mercury debut.
Phoenix returns to action on Tuesday when it takes on league-leading Seattle in the third and final contest of this road trip. Tipoff is schedule for 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.