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WNBA Playoffs 2021: Phoenix Mercury and Chicago Sky win home Game 3s in contrasting fashion, take 2-1 series leads

On Sunday (ET), Game 3s of the WNBA Semifinals went down and once again, the on-court action didn't disappoint.

While the game in Phoenix at the Footprint Arena was a 27-point blowout, the game at Wintrust Arena in Chicago was one with nearly 10 lead changes and the final margin of victory being only three points.

The stellar on-court action was viewed from courtside by the respective cities' top NBA stars like Chris Paul and DeMar DeRozan.

Here's a quick and short recap with all you need to know from each game.

Mercury dominate early again, win big

In Game 2, the Phoenix Mercury ran away with the contest on the back of an 11-0 run early in the first quarter. On Sunday, they did so yet again.

Outscoring the Las Vegas Aces 11-0 for the game's first 2:09 minutes of the game, Phoenix piled on the misery by never letting their control on the game slip to eventually win 87-60.

After beating the Aces 26-19 in the first quarter, the Mercury outscored their opponents in the remaining three quarters as well, with plenty of highlights to entertain the crowd.

Phoenix doubled-up Las Vegas on the boards 58-29 and assists recorded (24-12).

Brianna Turner, the Mercury forward, was the game's top scorer with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field while also recording a game-high 17 rebounds and two blocks. Brittney Griner was the other top performer from the game as she finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

With this victory, the fifth-seeded Mercury - who shocked the defending champions Seattle Storm in the previous round - can upset and eliminate the second-seeded Aces if they win Game 4.

Sky win nail-biter, shock top-seeded Sun again

After winning 14 straight to cap off the regular season, the top-seeded Connecticut Sun are now just one loss away from being eliminated after a close 86-83 defeat.

Both teams were nearly identical in key team stats such as 3-point shooting numbers, rebounds, assists, steals, field goals numbers. In the end, the Chicago Sky's 15-9 game-winning run over the final 5:17 minutes turned out to be crucial.

Forward Kahleah Copper, who top-scored for the game with a career-high 26 points, scored five of those final 15.

Like Cooper, nearly every Chicago starter contributed in their own right with forwards Candace Parker (10 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals) and Azura Stevens (15 points, 11 rebounds) recording double-doubles, shooting guard Allie Quigley dropped 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field while Courtney Vandersloot dished out 13 assists.

For the Sun, DeWanna Bonner top scored with 21 points while recently-named MVP Jonquel Jones stuffed the stats sheet with 10 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and three assists.

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