The legend of Brittney Griner grows.
The No. 1 overall selection in the 2013 WNBA Draft drained a game-winning -- and series-winning -- basket in the closings seconds of the win-or-go-home Game 3 of her first career playoff series.
Despite delivering an uneven performance throughout Game 3 of the WNBA Western Conference Semifinals series, Griner came through when the Phoenix Mercury needed her most. With just seven seconds still on the clock and the Los Angeles Sparks leading 77-76, Griner took an inbounds pass from DeWanna Bonner. The former Baylor star spun toward the baseline and rose up over 2013 WNBA MVP Candace Parker. The 6' 8" rookie then arced a baseline jumper toward the rim ... and GOOD!
“I wasn’t nervous about it,” Griner told Joseph D’Hippolito of the Arizona Republic. “I didn’t think twice about it. Everybody goes over that situation while practicing in the gym.”
After Parker missed a three-point shot at the other end, the fourth-seeded Mercury were on their way to face the top-seeded Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA Western Conference Finals. Game 1 is set for Thursday, Sept. 26.
Griner finished the decisive game in the best-of-three playoff series between the Mercury and Sparks with more personal fouls (4) than made field goals (3) but managed to score the only basket that will be remembered.
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