The Los Angeles Sparks suffered a terrible loss to the Indiana Fever, as they collapsed in the second half, especially in the third quarter.
Indiana outscored Los Angeles 24-6 in the third quarter en route to a 79-68 comeback win Tuesday night.
It was the Fever’s (15-9) first win at the Staples Center since August 10, 2010, and first win over the Sparks since losing seven in a row in the series.
Indiana trailed by 14 at the half before making a 16-4 to tie the game at 48. Marissa Coleman closed out the third quarter with a huge four-point play to give the Fever their first lead since the opening quarter.
By that point, the Sparks (8-17) seemed deflated despite being down just four points and dominating the first half.
The team’s spacing and ball movement allowed for 13 assists on 17 first-half field goals. The Sparks also tallied six fast break points and eight steals on 10 Indiana turnovers in the half.
However, the tides drastically turned after halftime as the Sparks quickly racked up seven turnovers of their own as Indiana regained control of the game’s tempo.
The energy of the Fever was visibly up as they continuously won 50-50 balls and grabbed 19 offensive boards compared to Los Angeles’ six. The Fever outrebounded the Sparks 41-29.
Another Coleman triple gave Indiana a nine point 73-64 lead with 2:24 remaining. The Sparks made just one field goal the rest of the way.
Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 20 points. Briann January finished with 16, and Coleman added 14 for the Fever.
Candace Parker finished with her sixth double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds. She also had a franchise-record eight steals. The Sparks were without Nneka Ogwumike due to concussion-like symptoms.
The loss came at a crucial time for the Sparks as they will begin a four-game road streak in eight days Friday at Phoenix