September 20, 2013 |
At least Thursday began as a good day for Sparks forward Candace Parker. The WNBA announced that she won the most-valuable-player award in the early evening. It was downhill from there, as the Sparks lost, 86-75, to the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs at Staples Center later that night. So much for a celebration. "We let it slip away," Parker said after scoring a team-high 28 points and grabbing eight rebounds. In front of an announced crowd of 8,500, including boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, the Sparks fell apart in the third quarter.
September 15, 2013 |
The Sparks' final was a preview, or so they hope. The Sparks trampled the Phoenix Mercury, 89-55, in their last game of the regular season. The same teams will play in the first round of the playoffs in a best-of-three series that begins Thursday. The Sparks were dominant from the beginning, opening up a 19-point lead in the first quarter and expanding it to as many as 38 points. The Sparks forced the Mercury to commit 20 turnovers, and held it to 34.5% shooting from the field.
September 14, 2013
When: Noon. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TWC, TWC Deportes Records: Sparks 23-10, Mercury 19-14. Record vs. Mercury: 1-2. Update: The Sparks will finish the regular season against the Phoenix Mercury, the same team they're playing in the first round of the playoffs. The Sparks have clinched second place in the Western Conference, and the Mercury is in third. The Sparks will have home-court advantage in their best-of-three playoff series, which begins Sept.
August 19, 2013 |
SPARKS TONIGHT AT SEATTLE When: 7. Where: KeyArena. On the air: ESPN2. Records: Sparks 18-7, Storm 11-13. Record vs Storm: 2-1. Update: The Sparks have won six games in a row and are half a game behind Minnesota for the top spot in the Western Conference with nine games remaining in the season. The Storm is in fourth place, two games ahead of fifth-place San Antonio for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Storm is led by Tina Thompson, who is averaging 13.1 points and 5.5 rebounds a game.
July 20, 2013 |
Alana Beard made a shot with 10.2 seconds left to lift the Sparks over the host Seattle Storm, 65-64, on Saturday at KeyArena. Nneka Ogwumike, who blocked layup attempts by Seattle's Temeka Johnson and Tina Thompson in the last second, led the Sparks with 24 points and nine rebounds. The Sparks (12-5) trailed 39-31 at halftime and were down 64-61 with 37.9 seconds left. But point guard Lindsey Harding got a quick layup with 30.9 seconds left to cut Seattle's lead to 64-63, and the Storm's Shekinna Stricklen missed a three-point shot with 22.9 seconds left, setting up Beard's game-deciding pull-up jump shot that gave the Sparks their first lead of the fourth quarter.
July 15, 2013 |
World Peace, 33, told reporters Monday at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas that he was signing with the Knicks. He cleared waivers Sunday after being let go in a cost-cutting move by the Lakers under the league's amnesty provision Thursday, Apparently the lure of playing near where he grew up in Queens, N.Y., was more than enough for World Peace to choose the Knicks over the Clippers, who were also interested in signing him. But the...