Maya Moore scored 40 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 72-71 victory over the defending champion Phoenix Mercury in Game 2 of the WNBA Western Conference Finals, earning the Lynx a spot in the WNBA Finals against either the New York Liberty or Indiana Fever.
The Mercury had the ball with the score tied in the final seconds, but Moore stole the ball and was subsequently fouled (questionable) with 1.5 seconds left:
Here's how Maya, who scored 40, won the game. Steal+fouled. Lynx advance to WNBA Finals after sweeping Phoenix. pic.twitter.com/QGIkoTfbOd
— Zach Bennett (@ZacharyBD) September 27, 2015
Moore made one free throw to record her 40th point, and that proved to be the difference.
Moore got her 40 points on 13-of-29 shooting and 4-of-10 from long range. She made 10-of-12 free throws and added eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals. No other Lynx player reached double figures in scoring.
Candice Dupree led the Mercury with 16 points, while Brittney Griner had 15 points and six rebounds.
Moore and Minnesota will now await the winner of the deciding Game 3 between New York and Indiana. It looked like the Liberty were well on their way to the Finals when they went up by 18 points in Sunday’s Game 2, but the Fever stormed back to earn a 70-64 victory to force Game 3. Tamika Catchings scored 25 points in the victory for Indiana.