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Kiss of death leaves Taurasi, Mercury on brink of elimination

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You will forgive Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi if she was trying to show a little love on Thursday night in game one of the WNBA Western Conference Finals. Her team was being destroyed by the Minnesota Lynx for the sixth time this season and following the loss face elimination on Sunday afternoon.

Seimone Augustus had done her part in defending the all-world guard and in the fourth quarter frustration set in. Taurasi, who has been playing against Augustus since they were 12 and 10 years old gave Seimone a shoulder which drew Augustus in. Words were exchanged and in the process, Taurasi gave her rival on the court a peck on the cheek. It is the only time in basketball history a double foul was called for showing affection.

"Just trying to make sweet love, that's about it" said Taurasi in the postgame press conference.

Augustus, who admitted the game plan was to play physical and dictate the action certainly approached the defensive side of the ball with ferocity and It worked to frustrate Taurasi.

"As far as me and Diana and the tango dance that we had, I always say she just wants some of my deliciousness," Augustus said.

Game two of the love fest moves to Phoenix Sunday afternoon at 4PM.

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