2013 WNBA Playoffs

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2013 WNBA Playoffs
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Conference Conf. Champion Coach
East Atlanta Dream Fred Williams
West Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve
Dates: September 19 – October 10, 2013
Finals Champion: Minnesota Lynx
Attendance: 7575 per game
Standings
Eastern Conference Western Conference
1st Chicago 1st Minnesota
2nd Atlanta 2nd Los Angeles
3rd Washington 3rd Phoenix
4th Indiana 4th Seattle
WNBA Playoffs

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The 2013 WNBA Playoffs is the postseason for the Women's National Basketball Association's 2013 season. Four teams from each of the league's two conferences will qualify for the playoffs, seeded 1 to 4 in a tournament bracket, with the two opening rounds in a best-of-three format, and the final in a best-of-five format.

The Minnesota Lynx won the 2013 WNBA Finals, sweeping the Atlanta Dream in three games. The Lynx became the second WNBA team to sweep through the playoffs since the WNBA adopted the best-of-five format for the finals. The Lynx defeated the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference Finals, and the Seattle Storm in the conference semifinals. The Mercury had reached the Finals by defeating the Los Angeles Sparks in three games.

The Atlanta Dream won the Eastern Conference sweeping the defending WNBA champion Indiana Fever in two games. The Dream had defeated the Washington Mystics in the conference semifinals. The Fever had reached the Eastern Conference Finals by upsetting the top-seeded Chicago Sky.

The Lynx won their third straight Western Conference Championship and second WNBA title in three years. The Dream, meanwhile, failed to win a title despite making their third trip to the finals in four years.[1]

Tiebreak procedures[edit]

Two-team tie[edit]

  1. Better record in head-to-head games.
  2. Better winning percentage within own conference.
  3. Better winning percentage against all teams with .500 or better record at the end of the season.
  4. Better point differential in games head-to-head.
  5. Coin toss.

Three or more-team tie[edit]

  1. Better winning percentage among all head-to-head games involving tied teams.
  2. Better winning percentage against teams within conference (for first two rounds of playoffs) or better record against teams in the opposite conference (for Finals).
  3. Better winning percentage against all teams with a .500 or better record at the end of the season.
  4. Better point differential in games involving tied teams.
  5. Coin toss.

Playoff qualifying[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Seed Team W L Tiebreaker Clinched
Playoff berth Conference homecourt
1 Chicago Sky 24 10 August 23 August 31
2 Atlanta Dream 17 17 3-2 vs. WAS September 4
3 Washington Mystics 17 17 2-3 vs. ATL September 10
4 Indiana Fever 16 18 September 7

Western Conference[edit]

Seed Team W L Tiebreaker Clinched
Playoff berth Conference homecourt League homecourt
1 Minnesota Lynx 26 8 August 22 September 10 September 14
2 Los Angeles Sparks 24 10 August 23
3 Phoenix Mercury 19 15 September 6
4 Seattle Storm 17 17 August 31

Playoffs and Finals[edit]

Conference Semi-Finals
Best-of-3
Conference Finals
Best-of-3
WNBA Finals
Best-of-5
                 
E1 Chicago 0
E4 Indiana 2
E4 Indiana 0
Eastern Conference
E2 Atlanta 2
E2 Atlanta 2
E3 Washington 1
E2 Atlanta 0
W1 Minnesota 3
W1 Minnesota 2
W4 Seattle 0
W1 Minnesota 2
Western Conference
W3 Phoenix 0
W2 Los Angeles 1
W3 Phoenix 2

Eastern Conference[edit]

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Chicago Sky vs. (4) Indiana Fever[edit]

September 20
7:00 pm
Indiana Fever 85, Chicago Sky 72
Scoring by quarter: 25–22, 25–15, 22–21, 13–14
Pts: Shavonte Zellous 20
Rebs: Erlana Larkins 11
Asts: Briann January 6
Pts: Elena Delle Donne 20
Rebs: Sylvia Fowles 10
Asts: Courtney Vandersloot 7
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
Attendance: 5895
Referees: Maj Forsberg, Roy Gulbeyan, Byron Jarrett
September 22
3:00 pm
Chicago Sky 57, Indiana Fever 79
Scoring by quarter: 14–22, 13–25, 16–20, 14–12
Pts: Sylvia Fowles 14
Rebs: Sylvia Fowles 14
Asts: Vandersloot and Delle Donne 2
Pts: Tamika Catchings 18
Rebs: Tamika Catchings 12
Asts: Briann January 4
Indiana wins series, 2–0
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 7144
Referees: Lamont Simpson, Cameron Inouye, Tony Dawkins
Regular-season series

Indiana won the regular-season series 3–1:

June 22, 2013
Chicago Sky 71, Indiana Fever 61
August 3, 2013
Chicago Sky 58, Indiana Fever 79
August 6, 2013
Indiana Fever 64, Chicago Sky 58
September 6, 2013
Indiana Fever 82, Chicago Sky 77

(2) Atlanta Dream vs. (3) Washington Mystics[edit]

September 19
8:00 pm
Washington Mystics 71, Atlanta Dream 56
Scoring by quarter: 16–12, 15–12, 26–13, 14–19
Pts: Ivory Latta 14
Rebs: Crystal Langhorne 15
Asts: Ivory Latta 7
Pts: Angel McCoughtry 20
Rebs: Erika de Souza 12
Asts: Angel McCoughtry 3
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Attendance: 3862
Referees: Eric Brewton, Brenda Pantoja, Tom Mauer
September 21
7:00 pm
Atlanta Dream 63, Washington Mystics 45
Scoring by quarter: 17–9, 19–12, 10–15, 17–9
Pts: Angel McCoughtry 20
Rebs: Erika de Souza 15
Asts: Jasmine Thomas 6
Pts: Tayler Hill 11
Rebs: Vaughn, Snow 6
Asts: Nadirah McKenith 3
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 7065
Referees: Kurt Walker, Lauren Holtkamp, Billy Smith
September 23
8:00 pm
Washington Mystics 72, Atlanta Dream 80
Scoring by quarter: 22–20, 19, 14, 17–27
Pts: Monique Currie 22
Rebs: Crystal Langhorne 6
Asts: Matee Ajavon 5
Pts: de Souza, Hayes 18
Rebs: Erika de Souza 14
Asts: Angel McCoughtry 7
Atlanta wins series, 2–1
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Attendance: 4078
Referees: Daryl Humphrey, Sue Blauch, Thomas Nunez
Regular-season series

Atlanta won the regular season series 3–2:

June 2, 2013
Atlanta Dream 73, Washington Mystics 63
June 28, 2013
Washington Mystics 75, Atlanta Dream 86
August 18, 2013
Washington Mystics 58, Atlanta Dream 76
August 23, 2013
Atlanta Dream 64, Washington Mystics 74
August 28, 2013
Washington Mystics 85, Atlanta Dream 76

Conference Finals[edit]

(2) Atlanta Dream vs. (4) Indiana Fever[edit]

September 26
7:00 pm
Indiana Fever 79, Atlanta Dream 84
Scoring by quarter: 26–27, 14–15, 16–20, 23–22
Pts: Tamika Catchings 21
Rebs: Erlana Larkins 12
Asts: Christmas, Clarendon 4
Pts: Tiffany Hayes 23
Rebs: Armintie Herrington 7
Asts: Herrington, McCoughtry 5
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Attendance: 4238
Referees: Cameron Inouye, Eric Brewton, Maj Forsberg
September 29
4:00pm ET
Game 2
Atlanta Dream 67, Indiana Fever 53
Scoring by quarter: 19-19, 15-14, 18-9, 17-11
Pts: Angel McCoughtry 27
Rebs: Armintie Herrington 9
Asts: Angel McCoughtry 3
Pts: Tamika Catchings 24
Rebs: Erlana Larkins 7
Asts: Shavonte Zellous
Atlanta wins series, 2–0
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 7051
Referees: Lamont Simpson, Roy Gulbeyan, Brenda Pantoja
Regular-season series

Atlanta won the regular season series 3–1:

May 31, 2013
Atlanta Dream 86, Indiana Fever 77
June 25, 2013
Indiana Fever 60, Atlanta Dream 76
August 10, 2013
Atlanta Dream 66, Indiana Fever 80
August 28, 2013
Indiana Fever 80, Atlanta Dream 89 (OT)

Western Conference[edit]

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Minnesota Lynx vs. (4) Seattle Storm[edit]

September 20
9:00pm ET
Seattle Storm 64, Minnesota Lynx 80
Scoring by quarter: 15-16, 21-24, 12-22, 16-18
Pts: Temeka Johnson 14
Rebs: Tina Thompson 8
Asts: Johnson and T. Wright 4
Pts: Seimone Augustus 19
Rebs: Rebekkah Brunson 9
Asts: Maya Moore 6
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 8832
Referees: Sue Blauch, Tony Dawkins, Thomas Nunez
September 22
5:00pm ET
Minnesota Lynx 58, Seattle Storm 55
Scoring by quarter: 20-16, 8-12, 14-11, 16-16
Pts: Maya Moore 22
Rebs: Rebekkah Brunson 13
Asts: Janel McCarville 5
Pts: Tanisha Wright 16
Rebs: Clark and Thompson 9
Asts: Johnson, Stricklen and Wright 2
Minnesota wins series, 2–0
Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
Attendance: 3457
Referees: Maj Forsberg, Roy Gulbeyan, Eric Brewton
Regular-season series

Minnesota won the regular season series 4–0:

August 4, 2013
Seattle Storm 72, Minnesota Lynx 90
August 31, 2013
Seattle Storm 74, Minnesota Lynx 97
September 7, 2013
Minnesota Lynx 75, Seattle Storm 60
September 10, 2013
Minnesota Lynx 73, Seattle Storm 60

(2) Los Angeles Sparks vs. (3) Phoenix Mercury[edit]

September 19
10:00 pm
Phoenix Mercury 86, Los Angeles Sparks 75
Scoring by quarter: 20–26, 18–17, 27–17, 21–15
Pts: Diana Taurasi 30
Rebs: Candice Dupree 7
Asts: Diana Taurasi 7
Pts: Candace Parker 28
Rebs: Nneka Ogwumike 14
Asts: Lindsey Harding 5
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 8500
Referees: Lamont Simpson, Kurt Walker, Cameron Inouye
September 21
10:00 pm
Los Angeles Sparks 82, Phoenix Mercury 73
Scoring by quarter: 17–13, 27–17, 21–25, 17–18
Pts: Candace Parker 31
Rebs: Ogwumike, Parker 11
Asts: Lindsey Harding 4
Pts: Diana Taurasi 20
Rebs: Candice Dupree 9
Asts: Diana Taurasi 5
US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
Attendance: 11110
Referees: Daryl Humphrey, Michael Price, Brenda Pantoja
September 23
10:00 pm
Phoenix Mercury 78, Los Angeles Sparks 77
Scoring by quarter: 19–19, 23–21, 24–24, 12–13
Pts: Candice Dupree 22
Rebs: Bonner, Gilbreath 6
Asts: Diana Taurasi 10
Pts: Kristi Toliver 22
Rebs: Nneka Ogwumike 10
Asts: Toliver, Coleman 3
Phoenix wins series, 2–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 9321
Referees: Tom Mauer, Eric Brewton, Maj Forsberg
Regular-season series

Regular season series tied 2-2:

June 14, 2013
L.A. Sparks 81, Phoenix Mercury 97
July 14, 2013
L.A. Sparks 88, Phoenix Mercury 76
July 18, 2013
Phoenix Mercury 90, L.A. Sparks 84
September 15, 2013
Phoenix Mercury 55, L.A. Sparks 89

Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Minnesota Lynx vs. (3) Phoenix Mercury[edit]

September 26
9:00pm ET
Phoenix Mercury 62, Minnesota Lynx 85
Scoring by quarter: 16-24, 6-21, 20-22, 20-18
Pts: Diana Taurasi 15
Rebs: Brittney Griner 6
Asts: Bonner and Dupree 3
Pts: M. Moore and Whalen 20
Rebs: Lindsay Whalen 6
Asts: Lindsay Whalen 5
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 9013
Referees: Daryl Humphrey, Sue Blauch, Tom Mauer
September 29
6:00pm ET
Game 2
Minnesota Lynx 72, Phoenix Mercury 65
Scoring by quarter: 19-21, 19-14, 15-10, 19-20
Pts: Maya Moore 27
Rebs: Rebekkah Brunson 14
Asts: Lindsay Whalen 7
Pts: Diana Taurasi 21
Rebs: Brittney Griner 10
Asts: Diana Taurasi 6
Minnesota wins series, 2–0
US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
Attendance: 8050
Referees: Michael Price, Denise Brooks, Kurt Walker
Regular-season series

Minnesota won the regular-season series 5-0:

June 6, 2013
Phoenix Mercury 79, Minnesota Lynx 99
June 19, 2013
Minnesota Lynx 80, Phoenix Mercury 69
July 7, 2013
Phoenix Mercury 59, Minnesota Lynx 91
July 21, 2013
Minnesota Lynx 82, Phoenix Mercury 77
July 24, 2013
Phoenix Mercury 69, Minnesota Lynx 81

WNBA Finals[edit]

Main article: 2013 WNBA Finals

Minnesota Lynx vs. Atlanta Dream[edit]

October 6
8:30pm ET
Atlanta Dream 59, Minnesota Lynx 84
Scoring by quarter: 16-24, 9-20, 18-24, 16-16
Pts: Angel McCoughtry 17
Rebs: Aneika Henry 14
Asts: Armintie Herrington 3
Pts: Maya Moore 23
Rebs: Rebekkah Brunson 8
Asts: Lindsay Whalen 5
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 13804
Referees: Michael Price, Cameron Inouye, Kurt Walker
October 8
8:00pm ET
Atlanta Dream 63, Minnesota Lynx 88
Scoring by quarter: 16-27, 20-24, 16-17, 11-20
Pts: Angel McCoughtry 15
Rebs: Aneika Henry 6
Asts: Angel McCoughtry 4
Pts: Seimone Augustus 20
Rebs: Rebekkah Brunson 10
Asts: Lindsay Whalen 5
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 12313
Referees: Eric Brewton, Sue Blauch, Daryl Humphrey
October 10
8:30pm ET
Minnesota Lynx 86, Atlanta Dream 77
Scoring by quarter: 25-17, 15-20, 26-19, 20-21
Pts: Maya Moore 23
Rebs: Rebekkah Brunson 12
Asts: Lindsay Whalen 6
Pts: Tiffany Hayes 20
Rebs: Érika de Souza 9
Asts: Alex Bentley 6
Minnesota Wins Series 3-0
Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, GA
Attendance: 5040
Referees: Lamont Simpson, Denise Brooks, Brenda Pantoja
Regular Season Series

The season series was tied, 1-1:

July 9, 2013
Atlanta Dream 72, Minnesota Lynx 94
August 20, 2013
Minnesota Lynx 75, Atlanta Dream 88

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