Mercury-Lynx ends bizarrely after clock stops on Diana Taurasi winner: 'This wouldn't happen in the NBA'

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In the grand scheme of things, it wasn't unusual to see Diana Taurasi help kick off the WNBA's 25th season with a winner against the Minnesota Lynx.

It was unusual, though, to see her hit the shot with time standing still.

That's how the Mercury-Lynx game came to end on Friday, with the Mercury taking possession down one point with 6.8 seconds left on the clock, then Taurasi hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer ... with 6.8 seconds still left on the clock:

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After a lengthy review, officials ruled there were 1.1 seconds remaining after Taurasi's shot, with the game eventually ending in a 77-75 Mercury win.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve was understandably unhappy after the game, telling reporters that an official had accidentally stopped the clock by breathing into a whistle and painting the "review" as a group of officials messing around with a stopwatch.

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Reeve pointedly noted that such a mishap would never happen in the NBA (typically, NBA officials stop play as soon as they realize the clock isn't working).

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The clock error provided an awkward footnote for what should have been the WNBA's highlight of the night (or co-highlight of the night, alongside Sabrina Ionescu), with one of the greatest players in league history beating a contender to open its season. 

On the bright side, the league at least found a way to subtly omit the error on its Twitter account:

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