Brianna Turner scored a career-high 23 points and taken an amazing 17 rebounds as the Phoenix Mercury when again destroyed the Las Vegas Aces, winning Game 3 of their semifinal series 87-60 on Sunday afternoon at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, Ariz. to increase 2-1 with a possibility to advance to the Finals with a Game 4 win on Wednesday night.
The 4th quarter started with a technical nasty on Las Vegas forward A’ja Wilson after her tidy block of a Turner layup effort was called a nasty. Diana Taurasi made the technical complimentary toss, Turner made both of her complimentary tosses and Shey Peddy followed with a four-point play on a banked-in 3 as things might not fail for Phoenix for the second-straight video game. The series continued with Turner obstructing a Dearica Hamby shot and Brittney Griner making a mid-range shot to offer the Mercury a 27-point lead. That was the biggest lead of the video game and was matched two times, consisting of with the last rating.
Griner came out and controlled to begin the 3rd with 10 points in the very first 5:06. She made 2 mid-range shots and 3 inside baskets throughout that stretch. Phoenix went on to lead by as lots of as 24 points in the frame and by 20 at the end of it after a Peddy floater with 0.5 seconds staying.
Griner ended up with 18 points, 11 boards, 4 helps and 3 blocks. Peddy had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 takes while Taurasi followed up her 37-point efficiency in Game 2 with 9 points and 6 assistants. Skylar Diggins-Smith assisted the winning cause with a game-high 9 helps.
The Mercury won the 2nd by 8 to lead by 15 and Turner had 17 indicate support 9 rebounds at the break. Phoenix led by as much as 19 in the frame which followed an 11-0 run that included 6 points from Turner, consisting of a really challenging reverse layup, 3 complimentary tosses from Cunningham after being fouled on a trey effort and a within container from Griner on a long help from Diggins-Smith, which topped the run.
The Aces rebounded rather from another bad start with some strong play from Hamby off the bench in the very first. Hamby (10 points, 7 rebounds) had 6 points and 4 boards in the opening frame while Jackie Young had 8 points and Liz Cambage (13 points) made a 3 at the buzzer to cut the group’s deficit to 7.
Taurasi, who went 8-of-11 from range in Game 2, went 2-of-2 from out there in the very first 1:34 of Game 3. That became part of an 11-0 Mercury go to open the contest.
Vegas stars in Wilson, Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum integrated to go 6-of-33 from the field. The Mercury won the rebounding fight 58-29.
X-Factor was outrageous today!!! Thank you for constantly bringing the energy!!
— Skylar Diggins-Smith (@SkyDigg4) October 3, 2021