L.A. Sparks’ Candace Parker and Chelsea Gray combined for 52 points in the 87-83 redemption win against the Dallas Wings. The Sparks left Dallas on Friday with the worst loss of the season to the Wings then came back home to Los Angeles and showed fight in their win without star forward Nneka Ogwumike, who was sidelined with a back injury.
In Ogwumike’s place, Jantel Lavender and Maria Vadeeva had to take on the assignment of guarding Wings’ center Liz Cambage who posted a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds.
Sparks head coach Brian Agler received his first technical foul in the first quarter then his second technical in the third quarter, which resulted in his ejection from the game.
Azurá Stevens, the Wings’ rookie, had a strong first half with 11 points and five rebounds. Kayla Thornton also presented problems for the Sparks in the paint throughout the game. She finished the game with 16 points.
The score remained close as the team’s exchanged baskets until the fourth quarter. The Sparks went on a 7-0 run early in the final quarter. Los Angeles then took a two-point lead, 73-71, with five minutes left and showed a complete effort on both ends on the floor.
Candace Parker and Vadeeva helped push the Sparks to a six-point lead near the end of the fourth quarter 82-76. Parker finished the game with a season-high 29 points and 7 assists. Vadeeva added 6 points and 6 rebounds on the game.
Riquana Williams, who was the only Sparks player to nail a three-pointer early, continued her three-point shot streak throughout the course of the game. Williams’ was 4-5 from the field on the game with 12 points.
With 20.9 seconds left in the game, Chelsea Gray made a fadeaway shot to push the Sparks lead to 84-81. Gray finished the game with 23 points.
The Sparks are now 11-3 on the season and have evened their season series with the Wings 1-1.