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Griner's game winner lifts Phoenix

Minnesota hosts Phoenix in Game 1 of the West finals on Thursday (ESPN2, 9 ET)

Updated: September 24, 2013, 8:59 AM ET
By Michelle Smith | espnW.com

Brittney Griner had not had, by any account, a particularly auspicious WNBA postseason debut. At various points in the Phoenix rookie's first playoff series, the uber-hyped No. 1 draft pick has been in foul trouble, too tentative offensively, and benched for a lack of rebounding.

But with 4.9 seconds left on the clock at Staples Center on Monday night, she suddenly became a hero again. Griner took an inbounds pass on a play designed for Diana Taurasi. But Taurasi was tied up and ...

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