Game 1 by the numbers
Recovered yet? Keeping up with Game 1 on Tuesday was a workout even for those of us nowhere near the court. The Phoenix Mercury defeated the Indiana Fever 120-116 (in overtime) in the highest-scoring game in WNBA history. The outcome produced a lot of facts and figures, career highs and updates for the record books. A look at some of the more noteworthy stats:
1: Just hours before Game 1's opening tip, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi was named the WNBA MVP for the first time.
2: Indiana topped 100 points for just the second time in franchise history and established a new record for single-game point total. The last time the Fever hit triple digits occurred on Sept. 14, 2008, when Indiana beat Phoenix 103-89 in Indianapolis. The Fever's regular-season high point total this season was 94 in a July 30 win over Connecticut.
3: The Mercury's output of 120 total points in Game 1 works out to exactly three points per minute.
4: Tuesday's game marked just the fourth overtime game in WNBA Finals history. The last overtime contest was Game 2 of the 2005 Finals between Sacramento and Connecticut.
5: Diana Taurasi, defended most of the game by Indiana's Tamika Catchings, shot just 5-for-17 from the field. She was 3-of-8 from 3-point range.
6: The lead changed hands six times in overtime (and 19 times overall). Katie Douglas' 15-footer gave Indiana its final lead at 116-115 with 1:40 left in overtime, before Cappie Pondexter scored to put the Mercury ahead 117-116 with 1:27 to go.
7.1: Douglas' 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds to play (plus a missed tip-in by Pondexter at the buzzer) knotted the score at 105 and forced overtime.
8: Catchings fouled out with eight points, her third-lowest scoring game in postseason play. She twice was held to seven points in the 2007 playoffs against Detroit, and has now been held to single figures in points in four of 24 career playoff games.
9: Phoenix trailed 98-93 with 4:48 to play in regulation before scoring nine unanswered points -- a 3-pointer and foul shot from Taurasi, a bucket from Taylor and a 3-pointer from Temeka Johnson -- to take a 102-98 lead with 2:30 left.
10: The Mercury are 10-0 in games this season in which they score at least 100 points. Incidentally, Phoenix has scored 100 or more points in eight playoff games; the rest of the WNBA has reached the century mark in just five playoff games.
11: A WNBA Finals-record 11 different players hit double figures in the game. The old record for a Finals game was 10, accomplished twice in the 2007 WNBA Finals between Phoenix and Detroit.
14: With a 3-pointer with 2:29 left in the first half, Indiana's Tully Bevilaqua matched her career playoff high with 14 points. But after shooting 4-of-5 from the field in the first half, the point guard attempted just one additional shot in the game and didn't score again.
18: At halftime, Penny Taylor led all scorers with 18 points -- which almost matched her career average for the WNBA Finals (18.6 ppg in five previous contests in a championship series). Taylor finished with a team-high 23 points.
20-plus: With Taylor scoring 23 points, Taurasi 22 and Pondexter 20, Phoenix became the first team with three 20-plus point performances in a WNBA Finals game.
27: Fever forward Ebony Hoffman established a career high with 27 points (besting her previous high by one point), hitting 12-of-14 from the field, including both of her 3-point attempts. Hoffman averaged 9.9 points in the regular season and hit 25 treys in 34 games.
30: Douglas hit the tying 3-pointer to force overtime, then added eight points in the extra period for a career playoff-high 30 points, just the sixth single-game performance of 30 or more points in WNBA Finals history.
33: The Fever's 33-point third period established a new WNBA Finals record for points in the third quarter.
34: Of all the categories you might not have expected Phoenix to dominate, the Mercury outrebounded the Fever 34-27. Phoenix scored 24 second-chance points.
45: Indiana set a WNBA Finals mark for field goals in a game with 45 (the old record was 35). Hoffman and Douglas each led the way with 12 field goals.
55.6: The Fever were the league's worst shooting team during the regular season, hitting 40.2 percent from the field. But on Tuesday, Indiana shot a blistering 55.6 percent (45-of-81) from the field, including 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from 3-point range. In the regular season, the Fever shot 33 percent from behind the arc and averaged 6.2 treys per game.
56: Phoenix led 56-53 at halftime, setting a WNBA Finals record for most points in a half. Indiana's 53 set a franchise record.
62: The score was knotted at 31 after the first quarter. The 62 combined points established a record for the first period of a WNBA Finals game (the old mark was 53 in Game 3 of the 2007 Finals between Phoenix and Detroit). The 31 points also were a first-quarter Finals record.
83: The two teams combined for 83 field goals, a new WNBA Finals single-game record. The previous mark was 69 by Phoenix and Detroit in 2007.
109: At halftime, Phoenix and Indiana combined to set a WNBA Finals record for combined points in a half.
115: The Mercury and Fever each scored more points than any team previously in league history. The old mark was 115, by Phoenix in an overtime victory over Sacramento on June 13.
236: Tuesday's contest was the highest-scoring game in league history. The previous record was 221, from Phoenix's 111-110 victory over Houston in triple overtime in a regular-season game on Aug. 10, 2006. The previous playoff record was 208 combined points.
Information from The Associated Press, WNBA.com and ESPN Stats & Information were included in this report.
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