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WNBA Finals 2021: Big 3 lead Phoenix Mercury to series-tying overtime Game 2 victory over Chicago Sky

Multiple times in Game 2, the Phoenix Mercury were down by seven, eight and their largest deficit of nine but the hosts kept fighting back.

If it wasn't for a couple of clutch buckets from the Chicago Sky, the Mercury might have sealed the game in regulation with their comeback. Instead, they needed an extra five minutes where they outscored the visitors 12-7 in overtime to record a 91-86 Game 2 victory.

For the hosts, their Big 3 came up huge in this one. Brittney Griner dominated, tying her playoff career-high with a game-high 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field.

"I mean BG was so big for us the whole game," Diana Taurasi said. "She's just incredible. She kept us in the game when we weren't playing well."

Diana Taurasi, recently crowned the WNBA's GOAT, scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half, while Diggins-Smith, on top of the game-winner, recorded a near triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds.

"In overtime we let it rip," Taurasi said. "We talked to each other and said it will be our best five minutes of basketball and it happened."

Off the bench, Shey Peddy was another notable contributor for the Mercury with her 10 points, five assists and three steals in just 22 minutes of action.

The loss is just the Sky's second this postseason. They finished with four players in double figures led by point guard Courtney Vandersloot, who recorded 20 points, 14 assists, five steals and three rebounds.

It was Vandersloot's final bucket in regulation that helped the Sky force overtime.

In fact, if it wasn't for the banked layup and a putback and-1 by Kahleah Cooper, the Mercury would have sealed this game in regulation by outscoring the Sky 22-11 in the fourth quarter.

This Phoenix win helps them tie the series at one game apiece as the series now shifts to Chicago for Games 3 and 4, which will be played on Oct. 15 and 17 respectively.

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