2021 WNBA Finals – Skylar Diggins-Smith seals Game 2 victory as Phoenix Mercury even series with Chicago Sky


PHOENIX — In the closing seconds of overtime, with the Phoenix Mercury clinging to a three-point lead, Skyler Diggins-Smith glanced toward Diana Taurasi, prepared to pass the ball to her teammate. But Taurasi shook her head to say, “Keep it.”

That was all Diggins-Smith needed.

She drove to the basket for a layup with 12.8 seconds left in overtime, giving the Mercury their final five-point cushion in a thrilling 91-86 Game 2 victory Wednesday in the 2021 WNBA Finals. It evened the series with the Chicago Sky, who will host the next two games in the series. Game 3 is Friday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN App).

“I had about five or seven [shots] that I freaking should have made,” said Diggins-Smith, who shot 5-for-18 from the field Wednesday. “Missed some makeable layups, but I knew I would have another chance, and my team told me that, too: ‘Just keep going, keep trying to be aggressive, get downhill.'”

Diggins-Smith finished with 13 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds in a must-have game for the Mercury. Had they lost, they would be headed to a sold-out Wintrust Arena in Chicago down 2-0. Instead, they battled back to force an extra session and then executed better than the Sky in overtime.

Center Brittney Griner was the workhorse star Wednesday for the Mercury, with 29 points and nine rebounds. Taurasi struggled to find her offense at times before becoming money, as usual, late and finishing with 20 points. Sophie Cunningham, who had been out with a calf strain since getting injured in Game 3 of the semifinals, returned to action with nine points, five rebounds and her usual radiant energy. Brianna Turner was the heart of the defense, and Shey Peddy scored 10 points off the bench.

But Diggins-Smith was a crucial part of sending 13,685 Mercury fans…

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