[HOT] : Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner propel Phoenix Mercury past the Las Vegas Aces and to the WNBA final | NBA News

Shey Peddy broke the tie with two free throws in the dying seconds as the visiting Phoenix Mercury held off the Las Vegas Aces 87-84 on Friday night in front of a record crowd to advance to the WNBA Finals.

Peddy was fouled while shooting a three-point shot with 4.8 seconds left and made two of three free throws to give fifth-seeded Mercury an 86-84 lead. Brittney Griner, who posted a record 28 points, then blocked A’ja Wilson’s layup attempt and made one of two free throws for a three-point lead.

Kelsey Plum’s desperate three-point shot from the backcourt failed when time ran out, ending the second-seeded Aces’ season in front of 9,680 fans – the most on record for a home game in Las Vegas.

Diana Taurasi added 24 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter as the 39-year-old resumed proceedings for Phoenix.

Peddy scored 15 and Skylar Diggins-Smith added 14 for the Mercury, which will host the sixth-seeded Chicago Sky in Game 1 of the final live on the red button at Sky Sports Arena starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday. .

Plum and Chelsea Gray each scored 22 points, Wilson 21 points and 10 rebounds and Liz Cambage 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead Las Vegas.

Taurasi scored three straight points to lead a 12-point run early in the fourth quarter that gave the Mercury a 70-66 lead. Plum sank a layup for the QA’s opening points after a four-minute drought, and she added a three-point play to reduce the score to 75-73 in their favor.

In a back-and-forth, Phoenix tied the game twice before Las Vegas again took an 81-77 lead with 2:27 remaining.

Griner had two baskets and Taurasi added a triple to give Phoenix an 84-81 advantage with just over a minute to go before Gray evened it off with a three-pointer. Peddy and Griner then sealed a 2014 Final rematch against Chicago Sky from the free throw line.

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