WNBA Finals: Copper, Chicago Sky take 2-1 lead over Phoenix Mercury

The Chicago Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 86-50 in Game 3 of the 2021 WNBA Finals, pressing the best-of-five series to 2-1 in Chicago’s favor. It was the biggest margin of triumph in WNBA postseason history, according to Across The Timeline.

After dropping Game 2 in overtime, the Sky went back to Chicago with restored energy — something the Mercury were relatively not able to match from the video game’s opening pointer. Fueled by the very same aggressive defense showed throughout much of the 2021 WNBA playoffs, Chicago leapt out to a 20-11 first-quarter lead, rejecting Mercury center Brittney Griner the basketball and requiring Phoenix into objected to 3-point shots.

Though Griner adjusted and got a few of her typical low-post shot efforts to fall, her 16 points were no place near matched by any other Phoenix gamer. The Sky lead swollen to 46-24 at halftime and 62-38 after 3 quarters, with the Mercury having a hard time strongly from the field. Guards Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith integrated to shoot simply 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) while Chicago’s disruptive defense restricted the quality of try to find Phoenix’s complementary gamers, requiring 19 turnovers while doing so.

Chicago, on the other hand, got the offense it desired with relative ease. Led by wing Kahleah Copper’s 22 points, the Sky managed both the paint (36 indicate 14) and the speed of the video game, helping on 22 of their 30 made baskets. Point guard Courtney Vandersloot, who was called to the 2021 All-WNBA Second Team previously in the day, contributed 10 of those helps, bringing her 2021 Finals help overall to 35 through 3 video games.

Highlights: Copper torches Mercury for 22 points

So uneven was Chicago’s triumph that Sky head coach James Wade had the ability to clear his bench prior to the 4th quarter even started. Though the video game was basically over already, Chicago’s reserves offered the sold-out Wintrust Arena crowd lots of factor to continue cheering, with guard Dana Evans striking 3 successive 3-pointers to top maybe the Sky’s most significant postseason triumph to date.

Dana Evans (center) and the rest of the Sky bench got prolonged playing time in Game 3 due to its uneven nature.
Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE through Getty Images

The Sky are now simply one win far from their first-ever WNBA champion. They’ll get the chance to liquidate the series in your home when they handle the Mercury on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET (ESPN).

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