Sky 60

(1-4, 1-1 away)

Comets 71


    8:30 PM ET, June 2, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 9 15 20 1660
    HOU 18 20 16 1771

    Top Performers

    Chicago: D. Jackson 13 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast

    Houston: T. Thompson 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Thompson, Swoopes help Comets light up the Sky

    HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Comets have found their way back to a familiar place -- the top of the Western Conference standings.

    On Friday night, Tina Thompson scored 23 points to lead the Houston Comets to their fourth straight victory, 71-60 over the Chicago Sky.

    Thompson scored 11 points in the third quarter as the Comets (4-1) won the first meeting between the teams and their fourth straight since a season-opening loss to San Antonio. The first three victories were against Seattle, Sacramento and Indiana, which were a combined 9-0 before playing Houston.

    The Comets, winners of the first four WNBA titles, improved to 2-0 on a three-game homestand.

    Sheryl Swoopes, who left Wednesday's game against Indiana with back spasms, added 13 points for the Comets, who have not trailed at any point in 15 consecutive quarters.

    "We got out to the big lead, but they played us for the entire 40 minutes," said Thompson, who reached the 20-point mark for the first time this season. "There wasn't a time where we could let up tonight, and even though we were playing well offensively in the first half, they never stopped playing hard."

    After a slow start, Swoopes scored seven points in the fourth quarter to help secure the win after the Sky got within 67-60 in the final minutes.

    Amanda Lassiter scored 12 points in the second half and led Chicago (1-4) with 14 as the expansion Sky lost their fourth straight since an 83-82 win over Charlotte in their inaugural game.

    Deanna Jackson added 13 points for the Sky, who trailed by as many as 21 before getting within seven in the final minute of the fourth quarter.

    "We do not start very well," Chicago coach Dave Cowens said. "We have been slow starters every game, and then at some point we decide we really have to work. That is how we have to start the game. We have to find some sense of urgency."

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Chicago Houston
    Points 60 71
    FG Made-Attempted 23-67 (.000) 26-67 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-18 (.278) 4-11 (.364)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-12 (.000) 15-28 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-33 17-46
    Assists 14 14
    Turnovers 15 18
    Steals 8 7
    Blocks 0 4
    Fast Break Points 7 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 12 (0/0)