The Sparks defense held Diana Taurasi to 20 points on 6-18 shooting on Saturday night, which prevented the Mercury to rally back in the second half unlike Game one.
Los Angeles jumped at to an early 17-13 lead at the end of the first quarter over Phoenix. In the second quarter the Sparks behind their leader Candace Parker who had 15 points, aided them to a huge 44-30 lead at halftime.
Sparks defense caused the Mercury to commit 12 turnover in the first half alone.
Taurasi went on a offensive streak with 11 points that brought the Mercury back within ten points. However foul troubled plagued Candace Dupree and Taurasi with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.
"Our rhythm was thrown off early," Taurasi said. "It took us a long time to get that back. That's just something simple that we have to concentrate on from the beginning and it will work itself out."
Phoenix fought back and trailed by just nine points in the fourth quarter with less than three minutes to go. For a moment, it seems that the Sparks would experience de ja vu all over again.
Taurasi made to key free throws with about 35 seconds left, yet the Sparks remained poised and made 6 out of 8 free throws down the stretch, that solidified the victory.
"There wasn't enough movement, we didn't create enough for each other and when the game gets hard and the pressure is on you really rely on each other to get open and get good shots and tonight we didn't do that," said Taurasi.
"If we don't move the ball and if we don't make quick decisions, then we play right into Phoenix's hands. I think we just made more of a concerted effort to move the ball, make hard cuts, and at least stay active because there was a lot of standing in Game 1 in L.A," said Parker.
Kristi Toliver showed up and finished with 8 points on 3 for 9 shooting in a better effort, and Lindsey Harding finished with 13 points.
Brittney Griner finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds, and Candace Dupree chipped in with 16 points.
"I just thought that they had a little bit more energy early on and played a little bit more desperate than we did," Phoenix coach Russ Pennell said.
"Everything was clear and simple with what we wanted to do and I think we did it a little bit better," Sparks head coach Carol Ross said. "You just have to keep punching until you find something and I felt like we came in focused. We were just forcing it to get a win. This is a hard place to play, it’s a hard team to beat, and we just feel fortunate. We are just glad that we could extend it for another game.”
Game three will be played on Monday night at Staples Center, with the winner moving on to face the Minnesota Lynx in the Western Conference Finals.