LOS ANGELES – The Los Angles Sparks avenged a two-day old loss by beating the Storm 68-62, on the strength of forward/center Candace Parker’s 27 points Tuesday night at the Staples Center in front of a crowd of 9,023.
The all-star, who admitted she had been particularly irked by her team’s two-point loss in Seattle Sunday, took it out on the opponent with aggressive play. Parker and the Sparks held Storm center Lauren Jackson to 14 points, nine of them in the second half – and much of that shutdown was due to Parker.
In the second half, Parker started attacking the basket, sometimes going one-on-one with the veteran Jackson, and beating her. After the game, Jackson conceded that Parker “just got rolling” and didn’t stop.
“Tonight was one of those games where we didn’t get into a flow,” said Jackson. “We didn’t really help each other. I personally couldn’t drain a basket which was very frustrating because I know when we are able to knock shots down, we are the best team in the league…even if their best player has 35 points, we will still win.”
Post game reactions from the Sparks on their performance and the rest of the season:
Sparks coach Joe