Diana Taurasi is considered by many to be the greatest womens basketball player in WNBA history and every game-winning dagger she hits, every playoff game she dominates further cements her legacy as The GOAT.
Taurasi already owns the coveted all-time scoring record and she’s the first woman in history to drain 1,000 three-pointers. That speaks for itself.
Cynthia Cooper, Maya Moore, Candace Parker, Lisa Leslie and Lauren Jackson have all staked claim to that title at some point, but last nights Game 2 of the WNBA playoffs semifinals between Taurasi’s Phoenix Mercury and her good friend Sue Birds Seattle Storm, further ensured that when she hangs up her sneakers, Taurasi’s legacy will be unmatched by any womens baller in WNBA history.
Despite losing 91-87 in overtime, Taurasis clutch gene helped the Mercury turn a 19-point deficit into a game that just eluded their grasps.
At this point, you have to put Taurasi neck and neck with Cheryl Miller as a GOAT candidate, but when it comes to game-winning shots, Taurasi might reign supreme. On Tuesday night, “White Mamba” hit a shot off balance trey in the corner with the defense swarming to send the game into overtime.
THE GOAT DELIVERS AGAIN!” https://t.co/Y2Hi8uTXZq
True to form, Taurasi changed the course of the game after her pal Bird trash-talked and taunted her.
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The 2009 WNBA MVP embraces the hate when shes playing. It fuels her competitive spirit and gives her 36-year-old body the push it needs to continue to break records and keep her team in a position to win games late. The Connecticut Sun felt her clap back wrath in the first-round.
Late in the Phoenix Mercury’s win over the Connecticut Sun in the second round of the 2018 WNBA playoffs, Diana Taurasi clapped back at Jasmine Thomas. Amin Elhassan, Jemele Hill, Chris Herring and Frank Isola react.
It was nothing new.
Taurasi has a penchant for the dramatic, dating back to her days as a UConn Huskies star.
Heres a list of Taurasi’s Top 5 buzzer beaters.
1. Who can forget her game-winning shot against the Chicago Sky in Game 3, to clinch the WNBA championship?
Take an inside, wireless look at Phoenix Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello setting up Diana Taurasi’s epic, game-winning shot in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals to perfection!
2. In 2014, Taurasi drops this half court buzzer-beater bomb against the Minnesota Lynx in the third quarter.
Diana Taurasi ends the third quarter with a bang, knocking down a shot from beyond halfcourt at the buzzer!
3, Lets stay in 2014. In a close game against the Lynx, Taurasi comes through in the clutch and knocks down the game-winning jumper with 2.4 seconds left on the clock.
In a close game between the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury, Diana Taurasi comes through in the clutch and knocks down the game-winning jumper with 2.4 seconds left on the clock!
4. Heres another one from her younger days in 2008.
Visit http://www.nba.com/video for more highlights. Diana Taurasi hits a three from way downtown at the buzzer on Thursday.
5. She even does it overseas.
11/24/10: Diana Taurasi, playing overseas in Turkey for Fenerbahe, corrals a rebound and buries a half court shot to put her team up 38-35 going into halftime. Taurasi finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in a 73-67 victory over Euroleague rival UMMC Ekaterinburg.
Thats just a few of them, down 2-0 to Seattle and facing elimination, expect to see more late-game heroics and long distance drops by the games most accomplished and entertaining player.