Los Angeles, CA- Chelsea Gray puts last dagger in the Wings with a turnaround fade away jump shot with 20.1 on the clock 84-81.
The Sparks protected home court today coming from behind with a 87-83 victory over the Dallas Wings.
Just four days ago Wings gave the Sparks its worst loss of the year beating them 101-72, so tonight was a revenge game.
Candace Parker stepped it up leading the team scoring 29 points, 7 assists, and Gray also stepped up dropping 23 points.
“We realize we going to get everybody best shot,” said Parker, “I think it really helps us get ready for the playoffs.”
The Sparks went on 7-0 run lead by back to back shots by Parker and Sims contested layup to take the lead 71-68 in 4th quarter with under 8 minutes.
Parker made a low post move to the basket for an AND1 to give the Sparks just wanted they needed 3:16 78-73 lead. Next a no look pass to Beard for one of her assists.
“We can control what we do in LA we couldn’t let them rebound like they did the last game.” said Parker.
The Wings leaned on their center Liz Cambage in the paint knowing that Nneka Ogwumike would not be active. Cambage finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds and gave the Sparks fits.
The referees also played a part in making the Sparks have a hard uphill climb for this victory. In the first quarter the refs had called 8 personal fouls and 2 technical’s to slow down the flow.
Sparks coach Brian Agler even had to tell the referee during a free throw stop in play to “Do your job!”.
Agler got a second technical in 3 quarter 6:49 50-49 Sparks lead after a phantom foul on Beard just past half court.
“Don’t reward them for our good defense,” said Alger and that was enough to get send to the showers earlier.
Riquna Williams came in off the bench giving them a much needed spark hitting two quick three pointers. She continued her hot streak finishing with 12 points shooting 4/5 tonight from 3 point range.
Now the Sparks will go on the road to face Seattle Storm on Thursday June 28.