Los Angeles, CA- It was a team effort in Tuesday nights win for the Los Angeles Sparks but Candace Parker lead the team with 15 points and 5 rebounds to defeat the Indiana Fever 74-55 (1-11).
Chelsea Gray chipped in with 14 points 7 assists and 5 rebounds.
“We know their record doesn’t show how good they are,” said Sparks superstar Candace Parker. “Indiana is a good team. We were able to pull through on the defensive end and get our offense going late”.
It’s the Sparks 5th consecutive win and boost their record to 9-2. LA holds the first spot in the western conference in front of the 10-3 Phoenix Mercury.
Without much time to practice in between games, the Sparks have patched up a bit of their offensive mistakes by gaining a bit more chemistry. Los Angeles committed a total of 47 turnovers in its previous 3 games leading up to Tuesday. The Sparks only committed 8 turnovers tonight.
“It’s a working progress for us,” said Sparks Elana Beard. “Unfortunately, we haven’t really had time to practice. A lot of it (improvement) has been film, conversations, but I have been really impressed how we apply those film sessions and conversations on to court play.”
The Sparks lead 35-33 at the half. Los Angeles opened up a ten point victory in the 3rd quarter but Indiana kept it close majority of the contest. The Sparks gained separation with under two minutes to go in the game when Gray capped off a 12 point run for Los Angeles to give them a 70-53 lead.
The Sparks are used to extending their win streak and ending their opponents. Last week Los Angeles ended Atlanta’s 3 game winning-streak. Indiana was coming off of its first win of the season.
The Fever were lead by Natalie Achonwa who had 13 points.
Los Angeles travels to Dallas for a 5 p.m. PT tip-off on Friday night.