Brittney Griner scored 29 points and Diana Taurasi tallied eight of her 20 points in overtime as host Phoenix Mercury tied the WNBA Finals 1-1 with a 91-86 victory over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday night.
Skylar Diggins-Smith contributed 13 points and 12 assists and Shey Peddy scored 10 for fifth-seeded Mercury.
Best-of-five Series Matches 3 and 4 will be played in Chicago on Friday night and Sunday, both live on Sky Sports.
Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot had 20 points, 14 assists and five steals and forced overtime with a twisty practice and a layup in the dying seconds of regulation.
Allie Quigley scored 19 points, Kahleah Copper had 15 points and nine rebounds and Candace Parker added 13 points with nine boards for the sixth seed Sky.
Taurasi started overtime with a four-point play, and Diggins-Smith followed with a basket for an 85-79 lead over Mercury.
Quigley’s three-point shot started a 7-1 streak that brought Chicago down to 2:20 left. Taurasi’s triple almost a minute later and Diggins-Smith’s layup with 12.8 seconds left gave the Mercury a 91-86 lead.
Typically for the recently voted WNBA top player, Taurasi has scored 18 of her 20 points after halftime.
Quigley’s basket started the third quarter and broke a 40-point halftime tie before the Mercury scored the next four. Parker went on to score seven points in a 9-0 run that gave Chicago a 51-44 lead.
Sky were leading up to eight before holding a 63-57 lead at the end of the period.
Taurasi scored two three-pointers as Phoenix took the lead 65-63 and again took the lead 70-69 on Griner’s three-point play.
Quigley’s three-point shot put Chicago back in the lead before Brianna Turner and Griner’s baskets gave Phoenix a 74-72 lead with 2:46 remaining.
Vandersloot’s layup tied the score before Griner and Peddy’s baskets gave the Mercury a 78-74 lead with 27.4 seconds left.
Copper’s three-point play brought the Sky down to 78-77 with 14.1 seconds left, but Peddy, a 96.2 percent career free throw shooter, only made one of two free throws. before Vandersloot’s layup forced overtime.