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PHOENIX MERCURY

The Phoenix Mercury is a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, playing in the Western Conference of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was one of the eight original franchises and is owned by Robert Sarver, who also owns the Mercury's NBA counterpart, the Phoenix Suns.

The Mercury has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in eleven of its 20 years in Phoenix. The franchise has been home to many high-quality players such as former UConn sharpshooter Diana Taurasi, explosive Rutgers grad Cappie Pondexter, former Temple power forward Candice Dupree, former Baylor standout center Brittney Griner, and Australian guard Penny Taylor. In 1998, 2007, 2009, and 2014, the Mercury went to the WNBA Finals; they lost to Houston in 1998 but won the title in 2007, 2009, and 2014 over Detroit, Indiana, and Chicago respectively.

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Run and Gun Offense

Former NBA championship winning coach Paul Westhead became the Mercury's head coach prior to the 2006 season and brought his up-tempo style to Phoenix. Westhead's run and gun offense quickly became The Mercury's trademark and the franchise would soon set new league records for points scored.

As the 2007 season kicked off, the team was poised and hungry for a deep playoff run. The Mercury would run away with the Western Conference, posting their best record in franchise history at 23–11, as well as clinching the #1 seed. The Mercury set a record by averaging 89.0 points in a season during 2007. In the Finals, the Mercury faced the defending 2006 champions Detroit Shock. The two teams split the first two games in Detroit. Coming back home, the Mercury suffered a letdown in game 3, losing 88–83. Down 2–1, the Mercury had to win game 4 or lose. Game 4 came down to the final seconds, but the Mercury edged out the Shock 77–76 and forced a Game 5 in Detroit. In Game 5, Phoenix won by a score of 108–92, becoming the first WNBA team to win a championship on the road.

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