Phoenix Mercury Wins 2014 WNBA Title, Diana Taurasi Named Finals MVP

Phoenix Mercury Wins 2014 WNBA Title, Diana Taurasi Named Finals MVP

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The Phoenix Mercury punctuated their dominance this season with an 87-82 win over the Chicago Sky to take the title in game three of the 2014 WNBA finals.

Diana Taurasi had another solid performance for the Mercury as she finished with 24 points to go along with five assists and three rebounds, scoring 14 points in the final period to derail Chicago?s comeback bid.

Fighting for their lives in the final series, the Sky managed to stay within striking distance unlike in the first two matches and were actually ahead by two points heading into the final period before Taurasi took over in the final period to give the Mercury the title.

We have the best player in the world, Diana Taurasi,? Mercury coach Sandy Brondello said. ?When you put the ball in her hands at crunch time, she makes it happen.

With her impressive performance in the series, Taurasi was named as the finals Most Valuable Player, but the veteran guard refused to take all the credit, praising teammate Candice Dupree for her excellent performance.

Candice has probably been overlooked her whole career on whatever team she has played on,? Taurasi said. ?I’ve never played with someone that I’m so confident going into a game with. You always know she’s going to be able to play. She led us in assists. She never passes, so you knew we were going to win today.

Dupree also had a solid performance in the title-clinching win, finishing with 24 points on 11-for-16 shooting from the field, while also adding six assists, three rebounds and two steals.

DeWanna Bonner also had a productive night with 12 points to go along with nine rebounds and three assists, while veteran forward Penny Taylor finished with 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Elena Delle Donne, on the other hand, led the Sky with 23 points and five rebounds, Sylvia Fowles racked up 20 points and eight rebounds, while Allie Quigley chipped in 19 points and five boards, but their performance weren?t enough to lead the Sky to a win.

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