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The 2021 WNBA Finals continued in thrilling fashion on Wednesday night, as the Phoenix Mercury escaped with a 91-86 overtime win over the Chicago Sky in Game 2. Brittney Griner tied her playoff career-high with 29 points, while Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith took over in the extra frame, scoring all 12 of the Mercury's points in overtime to secure the win. A pivotal Game 3 is set for Friday night in Chicago. 

The Sky got through their single-elimination rounds with ease, securing comfortable wins over the Dallas Wings and Minnesota Lynx. In the semifinals, however, they had to survive two nailbiters, including a thrilling double-overtime Game 1 to take down the Connecticut Sun in four games. 

As for the Mercury, they've had even more drama. They were almost eliminated in the first round, and needed a last-second free throw from Brianna Turner just to beat the 12-20 New York Liberty. Then, they escaped with an overtime win over the Seattle Storm in the second round. And finally, they eked out a Game 5 win on the road to defeat the Aces 3-2.  

With the playoff bracket now set, here's a look at the full schedule for the 2021 WNBA playoffs:

First round (single elimination)

Thursday, Sept. 23 
No. 6 Chicago Sky 81, No. 7 Dallas Wings 64
No. 5 Phoenix Mercury 83, No. 10 New York Liberty 82

Second round (single elimination)

Sunday, Sept. 26 
No. 5 Phoenix Mercury 85, No. 4 Seattle Storm 80 (OT)
No. 6 Chicago Sky 89, No. 3 Minnesota Lynx 76

Semifinals

Tuesday, Sept. 28 (Game 1)

  • No. 6 Chicago Sky 101, No. 1 Connecticut Sun 95 (Sky lead 1-0)
  • No. 2 Las Vegas Aces 96, No. 5 Phoenix Mercury 90 (Aces lead 1-0)

Thursday, Sept. 30 (Game 2)

  • No. 1 Connecticut Sun 79, No. 6 Chicago Sky 68 (Tied 1-1)
  • No. 5 Phoenix Mercury 117, No. 2 Las Vegas Aces 91 (Tied 1-1)

Sunday, Oct. 3 (Game 3)

  • No. 6 Chicago Sky 86, No. 1 Connecticut Sun 83 (Sky lead 2-1)
  • No. 5 Phoenix Mercury 87, No. 2 Las Vegas Aces 60 (Mercury lead 2-1)

Wednesday, Oct. 6 (Game 4)

  • No. 6 Chicago Sky 79, No. 1 Connecticut Sun 69 (Sky win 3-1)
  • No. 2 Las Vegas Aces 93, No. 5 Phoenix Mercury 76 (Tied 2-2)

Friday, Oct. 8 (Game 5)

  • No. 5 Phoenix Mercury 87, No. 2 Las Vegas Aces 84 (Mercury win 3-2)

WNBA Finals

(All times U.S./Eastern)

Sunday, Oct. 10 (Game 1)
No. 6 Chicago Sky 91, No. 5 Phoenix Mercury 77 (Sky lead 1-0)

Wednesday, Oct. 13 (Game 2)
No. 5 Phoenix Mercury 91, No. 6 Chicago Sky 86 (Tied 1-1)

Friday, Oct. 15 (Game 3)
No. 6 Chicago Sky at No. 5 Phoenix Mercury, 9 p.m. -- ESPN 2

Sunday, Oct. 17 (Game 4)
No. 6 Chicago Sky at No. 5 Phoenix Mercury, 3 p.m. -- ESPN

Tuesday, Oct. 19 (Game 5)*
No. 6 Chicago Sky at No. 5 Phoenix Mercury, 9 p.m. -- ESPN 2

*If necessary

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