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After gold in Tokyo for 3 players, Mercury headed to WNBA Finals

Mercury's Taurasi, Griner and Diggins-Smith helped lead Team USA to their 50th straight Olympic victory. Now the big 3 is leading the Mercury to the WNBA Finals.

PHOENIX β€” The Phoenix Mercury are on their way to the WNBA Finals after beating the Las Vegas Aces 87-84 in Game 5.

Star center at 6'9", Brittney Griner led the team to a win in Friday night's game scoring 28 points in 38 minutes.

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This trip is extra special

The Mercury haven't been to the Finals since 2014 -- but this trip is extra special because three players took home gold in Tokyo two months ago. That gold medal was Mercury guard Diana Taurasi's fifth, she's now tied with Sue Bird for most gold medals for any basketball player. 

Griner finished the gold-medal game with 30 points, making 14 of her 18 shots. 

Griner averaged 16.5 PPG, Taurasi 5.8 and Diggins-Smith 1.6 in Tokyo and during the postseason 19.8, 18.8 and14.7, respectfully, according to ESPN.

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Regular and post-season success

Five times during the regular season, the organization tweeted and more than any other player in the WNBA, Griner was named Western Conference Player of the Week.

Taurasi made history after scoring a playoff career-high 37-points against the Las Vegas Aces on Sept. 30, becoming the oldest player to record a 30-point game and helping her team become victorious, 117-91 and even the semifinal series at 1-1, ESPN reported.

Skylar Diggins-Smith was also a huge factor for the team -- penetrating inside the paint, knocking down threes and upsetting her opponents defensively.

The Mercury will play the Chicago Sky on Oct. 10 at the Footprint Center and tip-off will take place at noon.

The Sky are 16-16 this season and Kahleah Copper leads the team with 18.2 points during the postseason, according to ESPN.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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