Maya Moore Carries Lynx To WNBA Finals
PHOENIX (AP) — Maya Moore stole Noelle Quinn's pass with 3 seconds left, was fouled and made a free throw with 1.5 seconds to go to give Minnesota a 72-71 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday, sending the Lynx to the WNBA Finals with a two-game sweep in the Western Conference series.
Moore had career playoff-high 40 points to help Minnesota reach the title series for the fourth time in five seasons. Minnesota, the 2011 and 2013 champion, will face New York or Indiana in the best-of-five WNBA Finals. Indiana beat New York on Sunday to force a third game in that series.
With the teams tied at 71, Moore blocked and controlled Quinn's pass attempt to Brittney Griner. Moore was fouled by Quinn, made the first three throw and the Lynx rebounded the miss on the second as time ran out.
Candice Dupree led the defending champion Mercury with 16 points.