Sparks 67

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Storm 90

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    9:00 PM ET, May 21, 2006

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

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    LA 16 16 19 1667
    SEA 18 23 23 2690

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: L. Leslie 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Seattle: L. Jackson 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Blk

    Holdsclaw, Leslie lead Sparks vs Storm in opener

    Los Angeles (17-17) at Seattle (20-14) 9:00 pm EDT

    SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Lisa Leslie and Chamique Holdsclaw begin year two of their reign for the Los Angeles Sparks as they open the season against the Seattle Storm on Sunday.

    Joe "Jellybean" Bryant will look in the direction of his 1-2 scoring punch of Leslie and Holdsclaw in his first full season as coach in Los Angeles. Holdsclaw returned to superstar form after dealing with personal issues to shoot a career-high 48 percent from the field.

    Leslie still remains one of the best post players in the league, using her mix of strength and quickness to dominate. The Sparks lost veteran guard Tamecka Dixon in the offseason, but acquired last season's Rookie of the Year Tameka Johnson from Washington.

    The Storm will counter with the inside-outside combo of Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird. Jackson shot 46 percent from the floor a season ago as she added a 3-point shot to her game while Bird, a 41 percent career shooter from the arc, will make the opposing defenses pay for double teaming the 6-5 Jackson.

    Seattle returns all five starters from last season, with four of them (Bird, Jackson, Betty Lennox and Janell Burse) a part of its championship squad from two summers ago.