Final

Sparks 84

(2-1, 2-1 away)

Mystics 75

(1-2, 0-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, May 26, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    LA 36 48 84
    WSH 40 35 75

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: C. Holdsclaw 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast

    Washington: C. Melvin 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    L.A. overcomes Mystics' dazzling 3 spree

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chamique Holdsclaw had 27 points and 10 rebounds and the Los Angeles Sparks overcame a WNBA-record 15 3-pointers by Washington, beating the Mystics 84-75 on Thursday night.

    Tamika Whitmore also scored 21 points for the Sparks, who took the lead for good on two free throws by Christi Thomas with 5:22 left.

    Los Angeles beat the previous league record of 14 3-pointers set by Minnesota at Utah in 1999 and matched by Sacramento, against Minnesota, in 2001.

    Charlotte Smith-Taylor led the Mystics with a season-high 17 points, including four 3-pointers. Chasity Melvin added a season-high 16 points and reserve Laurie Koehn 15 for Washington.

    Smith-Taylor made back-to-back 3-pointers to get the Mystics within 72-71 with 3:03 left, but that was as close as Washington got down the stretch.

    Holdsclaw, playing against her former team, scored her 3,000th career point. She made six free throws and Whitmore added four points as the Sparks closed out the victory with a 12-4 run.

    The Mystics tied their team record for 3-pointers made in a game with 10 in the first half. They shot 52.6 percent (10-for-19) from beyond the arc in the period and led 40-36 at the break.

    Koehn hit the record-setting 3-pointer for a 49-47 lead with 12:22 remaining.

    Koehn made three consecutive 3-pointers to give Washington a 24-19 lead with 8:15 remaining in the first half. Coco Miller was 3-for-3 from 3-point range before the break.

    Lisa Leslie got into foul trouble early and picked up her fifth with 14:42 remaining in the game. She fouled out with 13 seconds left.

    The Mystics played their third consecutive game without Alana Beard, who is day to day with a sprained right ankle.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Los Angeles Washington
    Points 84 75
    FG Made-Attempted 25-51 (.000) 27-59 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-12 (.333) 15-29 (.517)
    FT Made-Attempted 30-33 (.000) 6-12 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-33 9-25
    Assists 20 23
    Turnovers 15 16
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 8 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 31 (0/0)