Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm Barely Escape Diana Taurasi, Mercury's Rally Bid

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2018

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 28: Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury handles the ball against the Seattle Storm during Game Two of the WNBA SemiFinals at KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joshua Huston/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Seattle Storm moved to within one game of the WNBA Finals thanks to a 91-87 overtime win against Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury in Game 2 of the semifinals at KeyArena on Tuesday night.

The Mercury trailed by 13 points with 4:46 remaining in regulation, but a fierce rally spearheaded by the WNBA's all-time leading scorer allowed them to close the gap in a matter of minutes.

Taurasi went on to drop 14 of her game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, and she drilled a fallaway three from the left corner to tie things at 79 with 3.6 seconds remaining:


.@DianaTaurasi comes up CLUTCH. DT caps off 14-point 4th quarter with the tying triple to send it to OT! #WNBAPlayoffs https://t.co/7gDAWF4Kr2

At that point, Kobe Bryant, Joel Embiid and Bill Russell all chimed in with their thoughts on the living legend:

Kobe Bryant @kobebryant

DIANA TAURASI doing 🐐 things #WNBAPlayoffs

Joel Embiid @JoelEmbiid


TheBillRussell @RealBillRussell

🐐knows 🐐 & @DianaTaurasi is IT!! @wnba @PhoenixMercury Great Game Diana Taurasi !!

However, the Mercury ran out of steam in overtime.

Although Taurasi put the Mercury up four with 3:21 left in the extra session, she missed her next four shots and watched as Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd shouldered the load with a 2-0 series edge in sight.


"You have to go through the best to win championships." @S10Bird with @sportsiren after the @seattlestorm took 2-0 lead in best-of-5 Semifinals! #WNBAPlayoffs https://t.co/CNSq2uDVBY

Always one to stuff a stat sheet, Bird finished with 19 points (7-of-13 shooting) and six assists. Lloyd added 13 points, while newly crowned league MVP Breanna Stewart poured in 27 points on 10-of-22 shooting from the floor.

The Storm will look to secure a sweep when Game 3 tips off Friday at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. If they can do so, they will punch their ticket to the WNBA Finals for the first time since 2010.


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