Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi help Mercury even Finals in OT frustrated by WNBA travel rules

Taurasi told ESPN she recently had to pay for a private jet to fly her back to Phoenix in order to be present for the birth of her second child.

Brittney Griner scored 29 points and Diana Taurasi had eight of her 20 points in overtime as the host Phoenix Mercury evened the WNBA Finals at 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 the fifth-seeded Mercury.

Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-five series will be played in Chicago on Friday and Sunday.

ky guard Courtney Vandersloot had 20 points, 14 assists and five steals and forced overtime with a winding drive and layup in the final seconds of regulation. Allie Quigley scored 19, Kahleah Copper had 15 points and nine rebounds and Candace Parker added 13 points with nine boards for the sixth-seeded Sky.

Taurasi started the overtime scoring with a four-point play, and Diggins-Smith followed with a basket for an 85-79 Mercury lead.

Quigley’s 3-pointer started a 7-1 run that pulled Chicago even with 2:20 left.

Taurasi’s 3-pointer nearly a minute later and Diggins-Smith’s layup with 12.8 seconds remaining gave the Mercury a 91-86 lead. Taurasi scored 18 of her 20 points after halftime.

Quigley’s basket started the third-quarter scoring and broke a 40-all halftime tie before the Mercury scored the next four points.

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Dunn reported from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Associated Press video journalist Cody Jackson contributed to this story.

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