Brittney Griner dunks, leads Mercury to sweep of Sparks

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Phoenix Mercury completed a semi-final series sweep after center Brittney Griner led the team with 21 points against the Los Angeles Sparks, 93-68.

This booked the Mercury a Western Conference Final meeting against defending champions, Minnesota Lynx.

Mercury led all the way, ending the first quarter up 30-14 and never looked back.

The highlight of the night was a breakaway two-handed jam by Griner which extended the lead to 25 points.

Mercury led by double-digits for the rest of the second half.

The dunk was Griner’s fifth in her WNBA career and is almost half of the total 11 dunks recorded in the league’s history.

The 23-year-old went 9-for-9, a WNBA playoff record, bouncing back from a 2-for-11 shooting in their series opener.

“I played (terrible) that game, and I didn’t help my team at all,” Griner stated about game 1.

She added, “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.”

When asked about the highlight jam Griner joked, “That’s what I do. I dunk.”

Forwards Penny Taylor and Candice Dupree scored 17 and 16 points respectively to assist Griner and compensate for the struggling Diana Taurasi who scored just 9 points.

Meanwhile, Candice Parker had 21 points and Nneka Ogwumike scored 14 markers in a losing effort for the Sparks.

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