Even on a hampered left ankle, DT showed she’s far from done when it comes to chasing another championship.
After falling to 0-1 in the semifinals against the Aces, Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury came out of the gate scorching hot, as the 39-year-old shot the roof off of the Michelob Ultra Arena, going 8-for-11 from beyond the arc.
“I only shot 11?!” Taurasi said shockingly during her postgame interview.
In just 27 minutes on the floor, Taurasi dropped 37 points—a career high—on just 16 shot attempts, producing an outstanding true shooting percentage of 112 percent.
Knocking down accolades at this point in her career is just what Taurasi does, there’s no questioning it. DT is now the oldest player to record a 30-point game in the regular or postseason.
As inconceivable as it sounds, Taurasi broke four personal and team records in just one night; including the Mercury’s franchise postseason scoring record, their postseason three-point record in addition to the record for most points scored by a W player in the semifinals.
Diana Taurasi doing Diana Taurasi things.— Phoenix Mercury – X (@PhoenixMercury) October 1, 2021
Franchise postseason record 37 points. ✅
Franchise postseason record 8 three-pointers. ✅ pic.twitter.com/oHOtxR4aE5
Somehow, some way, Taurasi is playing some of her best ball in her 17-year career despite sitting out of their first-round matchup with the New York Liberty. The Mercury and the Aces will compete in Game 2 on Sunday.