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Pondexter's late scores give Mercury OT victory

 Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) drives past Indiana Fever forward Ebony Hoffman (32) for a basket in the first quarter of Game 1 of the WNBA ...
 Indiana Fever center Tammy Sutton-Brown (8) drives to score against Phoenix Mercury guard Cappie Pondexter (23) and Tangela Smith (50) in the first q...

WNBA Finals Fever Mercury Basketball

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) drives past Indiana Fever forward Ebony Hoffman (32) for a basket in the first quarter of Game 1 of the WNBA ...

WNBA Finals Fever Mercury Basketball

Indiana Fever center Tammy Sutton-Brown (8) drives to score against Phoenix Mercury guard Cappie Pondexter (23) and Tangela Smith (50) in the first q...

Cappie Pondexter missed a game-winning tip-in at the fourth-quarter buzzer then scored seven of her 23 points in overtime to help the Phoenix Mercury escape with a 120-116 victory over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday in a wild opener of the WNBA finals.
The Phoenix point guard, frustrated and in foul trouble in the first half, scored the final five points in the highest-scoring game in WNBA history.
Penny Taylor added 23 points and newly crowned league MVP Diana Taurasi had 22 for the Mercury, in search of their second title in three years. Game 2 is Thursday night in Phoenix.
Katie Douglas tied it with a 3-pointer for Indiana with 7.1 seconds left in regulation, then scored eight in overtime for a career playoff high 30 points. Ebony Hoffman had a career-high 27 on 12 of 14 shooting as the Fever set a franchise scoring record in just the second 100-point game in the club's history.
Before this one, the league's highest-scoring game was Phoenix's 111-110 victory over Houston in triple overtime in a regular-season contest on Aug. 10, 2006.
The Mercury and Fever each scored more points than any team previously in league history. The old mark was 115, of course by Phoenix, in an overtime victory over Sacramento on June 13.
Indiana's Tamika Catchings had just eight points before fouling out with 2:42 left in overtime but harassed Taurasi into a 5-of-17 shooting night.