LOS ANGELES – Brittney Griner scored a career playoff-high 21 points, including a breakaway two-handed dunk, and the Phoenix Mercury cruised to a 93-68 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 2 on Sunday night to complete a sweep in their Western Conference semifinal series.
Penny Taylor scored 17 points and Candice Dupree had 16 points and eight rebounds as Phoenix advanced to a matchup against defending league champion Minnesota in the West finals.
Griner bounced back from a 2-for-11 shooting effort in the series opener to go 9 for 9 from the field, setting a league playoff record for most field goals without a miss.
“I definitely wanted to come out and establish myself down in the paint and help my team out,” the 6-foot-8 Griner said. “The coaches did a good job getting us ready and letting us know that we definitely needed to bring it here in L.A. I think we did that.”
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Griner’s dunk midway through the third quarter stretched Phoenix’s lead to 25 points. It was the second-year player’s fifth career dunk as a pro, giving her nearly half of the 11 dunks in WNBA history.
“That’s what I do,” a joking Griner said. “I dunk.”
Candace Parker scored 21 points to lead the Sparks.
Dream evens series with Sky
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Angel McCoughtry scored a career-high 39 points, and the Atlanta Dream beat the Chicago Sky 92-83 to even their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series at one game apiece.
Game 3 is Tuesday in Atlanta, with the winner moving into the East finals against the Indiana Fever.
Elena Delle Donne scored 22 points for the Sky, which won 80-77 in the series opener Friday. Chicago’s Allie Quigley, who won the league’s award as sixth woman of the year, added 20 points.