Elizabeth Williams made two free throws to give the Dream a nine-point lead with 48.1 seconds left in the third quarter but Taurasi answered with a 3 and the Mercury went into the fourth quarter trailing by six. Taurasi made eight free throws, had four assists and three rebounds over the final 10 minutes as Phoenix outscored the Dream 32-19.
Dream players wore “Vote Warnock” T-shirts before the game in a rebuke to U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a team co-owner, after she criticized the WNBA for supporting Black Lives Matter initiatives. The T-shirts backed Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat challenging Loeffler in the November special election.